How do I set up a CNAME record on my domain name?

This FAQ will help you to set up a CNAME record

Before you begin, you need to ensure your domain is pointed to the 123 Reg nameservers.

If the domain is not pointed to the 123 Reg nameservers, you will be unable to manage them from the 123 Reg control panel.

Please note: It will take between 24-48 hours for any new nameserver (DNS) records to become active.

Creating a CNAME record

C Name stands for ‘canonical name’ and it is a redirection to the zone file of the entered target domain. All entries (NS, MX, A) therefore apply to this target domain. C Names are primarily used to make it easier to maintain domains with the same basic data, or to assign other domains entered in the same zone the same data as the zone itself. A C Name record lets you assign a domain or sub-domain to another address or hostname.

You can use C Namerecords in a number of ways. For example you may have as your domain name. If you are worried about someone typing your domain wrong, like or usually that would result in a page not found error. In order to combat this, you could set up a C Name record on your domain for or to point to so that even if someone mistyped the number of “w’s” they would still be redirected to the correct location by the C Name record.

You can also use a C Name to point a domain to another domain, similar to web forwarding you could create a C Name record for your domain which points to So when you type in in the browser, it will direct you to the front page. In summary C Name records can be used in a number of ways, hosting providers may also ask you to use a C Name to connect your domain to their hosting service where necessary for example Apple commonly uses


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Log in to your 123 Reg control panel

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Have a look in the Domains section section. Select your domain name using the drop-down menu and then click on theManage button.

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In the advanced domain settings menu, click Manage DNS .

click on manage DNS

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Now click on the Advanced DNS tab.

cick on the Advanced DNS tab

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Using the drop-down menu, select CNAME

choose CNAME from the drop-down menu

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In the Hostname field, enter www – you can also add * which resolves for any address or @ for just addresses.enter www

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In the Destination CNAME field enter in the CNAME record. This is the domain name that you wish for the CNAME record to point to.enter domain name

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Once you’ve entered in your details, click on add.

website redirect set up