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How to create CNAME for root domain

Dec 18, 2021 · 1 min read · Post a comment
How to create CNAME for root domain

Working as a cloud engineer you may ask yourself, is it possible to create a CNAME record for your root domain? The answer will be no for most of the hosting providers but that’s not the case for Cloudflare. Cloudflare figured out that working on cloud, you don’t get static IPs especially if your app is deployed on some of the container orchestration services where you are working with load balancers. They finally manage to “hack” the DNS and announce the CNAME Flattening: RFC-Compliant CNAMEs at a Domain’s Root. In this tutorial I will show you how to achieve this.

Prerequisites

  • Cloudflare account

Solution

Step 1. Point your DNS Nameservers to Cloudflare Nameservers. You can find them in the DNS Cloudlfare section.

Step 2. Once your Nameservers are pointed to CLoudflare ones and propagated, you should be able to create a CNAME for your root domain.

Step 2. To create CNAME for your root domain follow the order:

  • Go to DNS Account Section
  • Click on the +Add Record button
  • From the dropdown menu choose CNAME
  • In the Name field put your root domain. For example devcoops.com
  • In the Target field put the alias name. For example I want to point my domain devcoops.com to point to AWS ALB internal load balancer:
    `Type`        `Name`             `Content`                          `TTL`       `Proxy status`
    CNAME         devcoops.com        proxy-internal-alb.devcoops.com    Auto        DNS only
    

Conclusion

If you followed the steps above you can easily create CNAME for your own root domain. For any additional questions regarding this please put a comment below. If you find this tutorial useful share it with the rest of the tech community and follow our official channel on telegram.