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

I want to point to

I already have an A record created for I need to know what I have to do to the server that 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 CNAME

This tells the DNS resolver that whenever it sees, it should go try and resolve

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 that points to the IP address at 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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