I have an old domain registered with GoDaddy. Let's say it's olddomain.com. I want olddomain.com and www.olddomain.com to go to www.newdomain.com. The complication is that I have a few subdomains setup using GoDaddy's DNS manager and A records that I do not want affected.

If I use the settings below, will it affect the subdomains?

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I had another domain which only had one subdomain on it, so I used it as a test. Setting up the redirect did not affect my existing subdomains (A records).

Update: checking the "Update my nameservers and DNS settings to support this change." box deletes the www CNAME entry which means that only http://olddomain.com will forward/redirect. http://www.olddomain.com results in a DNS error!

Our CEO had a link to www.olddomain.com in his email signature. Luckily I clicked on it today to test it after forwarding all our domains. I had to add CNAME entries back to every domain.

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    Because www.domain.com is not the same thing as domain.com
    – Rob
    Oct 4, 2018 at 16:02
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    I understand that, I was just a little concerned about exactly how GoDaddy implemented this feature, especially with the "forwarding" terminology (vs Redirect) and the "update DNS..." checkbox. I just wanted to be sure. Oct 4, 2018 at 16:05
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    I found some fallout from using this, which is exactly what I was afraid of. Updated the answer. Oct 9, 2018 at 18:35

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