Using CNAME for www redirection

  • Posted on April 27, 2015
  • DNS
  • EdGAsked by EdG

Currently, does not resolve to my

Can I use a DNS CNAME record to fix this?

Would I simply put the ‘Enter Name’ field as ‘’ and the IP address used in the A record for the ‘Enter Hostname’ field?



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Can some one please explain how to do this as i need wwwmydomain,com to forward to

Assuming that you have the default created DNS record set up it will include a main record like this:


We can redirect a CNAME to this by doing the following:

www  CNAME   @

This will direct requests for www to the same IP as those for the domain without the www subdomain. You will still need to ensure that your web server is configured to handle the www subdomain properly. If you only run a single site on this droplet there shouldn’t be any more to do. If you are running multiple virtualhosts on the droplet you will need to either Add a ServerAlias directive (in Apache) or add the name to the server_name variable (in NGINX).

SOLVED (sortof). I noticed that any ServerAlias in my virtual host would end up with “index of /” and was not being redirected to the domain. I finally took out all aliases from the virtual host and everything works fine now. Obviously, I am missing a connection about why this is working and why it wasn’t before. Can anyone explain why?