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How to Move Your Subdomain From an A-Record to CNAME: HostGator

How to move your subdomain from an A-Record to a CNAME on HostGator.

HostGator CNAME

A CNAME (Alias) record points to an A (Host) record. You can create multiple CNAME records and point them to an A record. The most common CNAME records are the subdomains www. and ftp.

CNAME records make your DNS data easier to manage. If you change the IP address of an A record, all CNAME records pointed to that A record automatically follow the new IP address. The alternative solution, multiple A records, is not as simple as using CNAME records.


How to add a Subdomain. Click here to read more.
  1. Log into your HostGator cpanel. Instructions here
  2. Navigate to the Domains section of your panel
  3. Select 'Advanced DNS Zone Editor'
  4. Add a CNAME Record
  5. In the 'Name' field, enter your chosen prefix. (Ex. login, cms) 
  6. In the CNAME field, enter ' '
  7. Click Add CNAME Record

Please note,  CNAMEs can take up to 48 hours to propagate. 

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  1. Gerardo Gonzalez

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