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Last edited on Apr 13, 2022

CNAME Flattening

This guide is going to share with you a brief overview of CNAME Flattening, whether or not your domain provider supports it, and what to do if it doesn't.

Before starting, remove any conflicting AAAA, A, or CNAME record that has the same name or host from your current DNS records.

What is CNAME Flattening?

In short, it's a feature that allows you to add a CNAME to your root / apex domain. Traditionally, you can only add CNAME to a subdomain, like www.something.com or blog.something.com . However, there are some providers who now allow you to add CNAME to your root domain, like something.com.

You can read more about CNAME Flattening here.

Does my provider support CNAME Flattening?

Different providers implements CNAME Flattening in different ways, and they also call it with different names: CNAME flattening, ANAME or ALIAS .


Not Supported

  • Google Domains
  • GoDaddy

Your domain is not listed above?

You can easily check if there's a type for ALIAS or ANAME on your domain provider, or check if you can make a CNAME to your root domain

My provider doesn't support CNAME Flattening, ANAME, or ALIAS. What should I do?

The easiest thing to do is to bring your domain into Cloudflare. Cloudflare is free and offers an array of other amazing features as well.

You can follow this tutorial to add your domain to Cloudflare.

Once your domain is in Cloudflare, you can easily use their CNAME Flattening feature by simply adding a DNS record of type CNAME to @ .

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