Adding a CNAME Record
CNAME records are a type of DNS record you can use to point a hostname to another hostname such as pointing calendar.yourdomain.com to ghs.google.com. CNAME records aren't needed by most users, but there situations where you will wnat to create a CNAME record for your domain.
In this example, we will point the CNAME of calendar to ghs.google.com. This will allow anyone that goes to calendar.imhsupport.com to be automatically re-directed to our Google Calendar.
Let's begin by logging into our cPanel account. Once inside the cPanel account, find and click on the "Simple DNS Zone Editor" under the "Domains" section.
Choose your domain name in the drop down menu and go to the "Add a CNAME Record" area of the Simple Zone Editor. Fill in the name for your new CNAME(subdomain) in the "Name" field and the hostname you want to point it to in the "CNAME" field.
After filling in the needed information, click the "Add CNAME Record" button. You will now see your new CNAME record listed in the "User-Defined Records" at the bottom of the screen
Please note, you will not be able to create or modify CNAME Records for any subdomains created and reserved when your account is setup on the server. You can only create CNAME records for newly created subdomains. If you try to create CNAME Records that are reserverd for example mail, webmail, and cpanel), cPanel will give an error message:
An example of a common CNAME change that is already reserved would be for the mail subdomain. To request a CNAME change for the mail subdomain, please contact our support team at email@example.com and we will be happy to make that change for you.
Please allow up to 24 hours for any DNS changes to take effect, including adding or changing CNAME records.
VPS and Dedicated Plans
VPS and Dedicated plans include Advanced DNS editor as part of WHM. This provides greater control over DNS records than the cPanel Simple DNS Zone editor.
Not only will the Advanced DNS Editor allow you to add CNAME records, it will allow you to edit current records as well. For more information on using the Advanced DNS Editor please see the cPanel documentation here:
You can access the Advanced DNS Editor from within your WHM account. First, log into WHM. Next, find and click the Edit DNS Zone link (on the left side of your screen) to open the Advanced DNS Zone Editor:
As above, please allow up to 24 hours for changes to your DNS to take effect.
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2015-03-18 8:37 pm
Is this how it works for Cloudfront?
In the example provided it looks like "mail.inmotionhosting.com." should be the CNAME yet it's in the "name" section. Can I get an indication which is the Name and what's the CNAME using a cloudfront distribution?
2015-03-20 1:22 pm
Thank you for your question. I could not find any guides on amazon's site, but I found a helpful post via online search, where they offer helpful information.
From their suggestion you would set it up like this:
Be sure to allow time for any DNS modification to propagate.