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Whenever I attempt to make a CNAME record for my domain I get two errors:

  • You can't mix CNAME/MX records together using the same hostname.
  • Domain root's cannot be CNAME's, however you can web-forward this record to www.example.com instead for the same effect.

This is how I want it to appear. The last record.

screenshot of problems with cname records


I've read it's possible so why can't I make it work?

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Did you check that your host even allows wildcard DNS? It's not necessarily standard. (Also donated to be a premium member of what? You dropped that comment without explanation.) – Su' Mar 19 '12 at 9:04
Sorry haha, freedns.afraid.org/premium They apparently support it. – Thomas Chapman Mar 19 '12 at 9:28
Related: serverfault.com/questions/44618/… – Ilmari Karonen Mar 19 '12 at 20:06
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I recommend Cloudflare, it's free (upgradeable to premium) and also has caching and DoS protection, as well as hiding your IP addresses. I know for a fact that they support wildcard CNAMEs, like so: http://dev.ionfish.org/temp/cfwildcard.jpg (This is supported on the free version).

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"The requested URL /temp/cfwildcard.jpg was not found on this server." :-( – Ilmari Karonen Mar 19 '12 at 20:02
I'm sorry, it was temporary, and after the post was resolved I removed it. It was just like this: CNAME: * (wildcard) >> domain.com (edit, delete) – ionFish Mar 20 '12 at 2:42
Can you post a screenshot again? I can't seem to get it right. Cloudflare keeps saying Invalid host value. – Bibhas Mar 16 '13 at 19:35

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