From time to time I see a WA member inquiring about if it's possible to create a CNAME. As of the time of this training, WA has not implemented the ability for members to create CNAMEs. I have been told that they are working on adding this ability.
In the meantime you can use subdomain forwarding to kind of get SIMILAR functionality.
Subdomain Forwarding For Domains Registered At SiteDomains
- Go to https://my.wealthyaffiliate.co... and click the "Add Subdomain" button.
- Give the subdomain the name of the CNAME you need to create and select the site that it's for.
- Click the blue "Create" button.
- To the right, select "Settings" -> "Redirect"
- Enter the URL you want to redirect the subdomain to and click the blue "Save Settings" button.
Subdomain Forwarding For Domains Registered Elsewhere
Unfortunately, for domains registered at other registrars other than SiteDomains, you won't have the redirect option on these domains/subdomains. We can accomplish the same thing as above using Apache server redirects to forward the subdomain.
- Go to https://my.wealthyaffiliate.co... and click the "Add Subdomain" button underneath the "Other Domains" section.
- Use the CNAME you are trying to create as the name of the subdomain and click "Create".
- Select "Settings" and then "FTP Access" to the right.
- FTP into the subdomain and delete all existing files and folders.
- Create a new file called .htaccess
- Put the following Apache server directive in the file "Redirect / http://example.com" be sure to leave the quotes off and replace http://example.com with the URL you are trying to redirect to.
- Save the file.
- Edit the permissions of the .htaccess file to be "644". This means read and write for the owner, read for the group, and read for the public.
Limitations of Subdomain Forwarding Using Apache Server Redirect Directives
If you create a CNAME, your URL will stay in the browser while the page it references loads. Subdomain forwarding using apache server redirects behaves differently in that the URL that you are forwarding to will replace your domain's URL in the web browser.
If this is something you don't want you will need to wait for WA to implement the ability to create CNAMEs or host your website elsewher.