Configure your hosted Discourse site to run at the root or apex domain (e.g. example.com)

Most hosted discourse instances are on a subdomain:

forum.example.com
talk.example.com
www.example.com

This is our general recommendation in almost all cases, and it works great. However, if you wish to use a root domain or apex domain for your hosted discourse, like so

example.com

this turns out to be surprisingly difficult in a hosting scenario, due to the vagaries of how DNS works. :thinking:

It is possible, however, you must use a DNS provider that specifically supports it!

DNS provider documentation

Here is a list of known-compatible DNS providers, the name of the DNS type that you should use, and a link to their docs.

Provider Type
CloudFlare CNAME flattening ยท Cloudflare DNS docs
DNSimple ALIAS
DNS Made Easy ANAME
easyDNS ANAME
Gandi ALIAS
Hurricane Electric ALIAS
Name ANAME
Namecheap ALIAS
Webcentral (formerly Netregistry) Cloaked Redirection (IPv4 only)
PointDNS ALIAS

If your DNS provider is not one of the above, you must switch to one of these DNS providers to achieve an apex domain or root domain hosted discourse.

:exclamation: If you try/test out another DNS provider and it works for you, do reply here with the name of the DNS provider, and a link that explains how they set it up, so we can update our list. There are a lot of DNS providers, so we update the list as we find, this list is by no way a one-stop-list of every DNS provider in the world that supports this.


Last Reviewed by @AlexDev on 2022-07-12T01:00:00Z

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