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I am a little stuck here I currently have a domain:

www.my-site.org & m.my-site.org

I want to point m.mainsite.org to m.my-site.org

I already have an A record created for m.mainsite.org I need to know what I have to do to the server that my-site.org is on.

I have this site on a unix apache server. Any help would do.


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What you probably want is called a "CNAME" Record. This is like a softlink to a domain.

You would add it wherever your DNS provider has the "A record" you mention, and it would look something like

m.mainsite.org. CNAME m.my-site.org.

This tells the DNS resolver that whenever it sees m.mainsite.org, it should go try and resolve m.my-site.org

Note the trailing dots -- some DNS providers require them, some do not. When in doubt, use them.

Note that this doubles the initial lookup time for someone visiting your site; they have to do two lookups now.

A faster way that requires more maintenance is to just add an A record for m.mainsite.org that points to the IP address at my-site.org. If you do that, you will need to update both in case of a new IP address, or a failover scenario.

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Thanks Peter... we having a small problem with having this properly redirect when using a mobile browser. I have added user agent conditionals to the .htaccess file but still nothing. Would or could you recommend a solution. We are using jQuery mobile on a linux box. – TikaL13 Aug 16 '11 at 14:17
I would definitely recommend the DNS CNAME route. I can't comment on your htaccess file without seeing it, unfortunately! – Peter V Aug 16 '11 at 18:52

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