Here is a screenshot of what cPanel is asking for in Cname records:


This is what i'm trying to do:

point: secure.randomdomain.com => secure.mydomain.com

What settings would I put to make that happen?

  • What is "it?" If you can tell us what control panel that is(eg. cPanel, Plesk, etc.) or even what host/registrar is responsible, it might be possible to point you at specific documentation.
    – Su'
    May 9, 2012 at 22:51
  • it's cPanel that is asking for the Configuration
    – Talon
    May 10, 2012 at 0:10
  • If you want to redirect then a CNAME is not the thing to do. Now, sure, you may set a CNAME but you ALSO have to set rewrite rules. I do believe cPanel has options for "web forward" or something?
    – ionFish
    May 10, 2012 at 1:52
  • I don't really want a redirect, I want secure.randomdomain.com and secure.mydomain.com to be used inter-changeably. I heard the only way to do that was a CName
    – Talon
    May 10, 2012 at 6:28

1 Answer 1


Under "Add a CNAME Record", enter secure.randomdomain.com. in the "Name" field and secure.mydomain.com. in the "CNAME" field and click "Add CNAME Record".

Don't put anything in the "Add an A Record" fields.

The CNAME record just means that the browser (OS really) will look up the first domain (the one in the "Name" field) and find a second domain name (the one in the "CNAME" field) rather than the IP address it was hoping to find. The browser will then look up that CNAME domain in hopes of finding an IP address.

So, the alternative way to do this is to know the IP address of secure.mydomain.com and use that in secure.randomdomain.com's A record rather than creating a CNAME record. However, CNAME records work just fine, and in my experience, there's no reason not to use them.

UPDATED: note the trailing dots for both the "Name" field and the "CNAME" field.

  • shouldn't the value of the "Name" field end with a dot? like secure.randomdomain.com.
    – amaters
    May 10, 2012 at 8:22
  • @amaters Yes! Actually both fields need the trailing dot. Thank you for pointing out that omission. I will update the answer.
    – matty
    May 10, 2012 at 11:12

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