Configure your hosted domain name at the root (example.com)


(Jeff Atwood) #1

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! Here is a list of known-compatible DNS providers, and the name of the DNS type that you should use:

CloudFlare → CNAME Flattening
DNSimple → ALIAS
DNS Made Easy → ANAME
easyDNS → ANAME
PointDNS → ALIAS

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


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