Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top


I've create a new "A record" instead as I couldn't get the "cname record" to work. I copied the existing:

www - A - server_ip_address

and just created a new

test - A - server_ip_address

But when I type


It can't find it, but it finds

host perfectly ok.

Do I need to wait for the new record to propagate the internet?


On the DNS config screen, I get the following options

Type: (Which has CNAME)
Record (Which is a textbox)
Domain (Which is a textbox)


If I have already purchased the domain name:

and I wanted to configure a sub domain which points to a different section of my website i.e.

will I have to buy a new domain name, i.e.


share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The easiest thing to do is create a CNAME record in your DNS that points to How you do this depends on what access you have to the DNS system.        CNAME              A


Iin the 3 boxes you have

  1. Leave type as CNAME
  2. Make Record
  3. Make Domain

If that doesn't work then 2 & 3 need to be switched.

share|improve this answer
Please see update 1 in the original question. – oshirowanen Apr 5 '11 at 10:28
Please see update 2 in the original question. – oshirowanen Apr 5 '11 at 11:49

Nope. You'll just need to go into your control panel and see if you can find a place to create subdomains.

share|improve this answer
Which control panel? I have access to the dns system, if that is what you mean? – oshirowanen Apr 5 '11 at 10:10
Depends on your hosting company and what they use. Examples include CPanel and 1and1's Control Panel. A list can be found… or visit your hosting companies support page for setting up subdomains. – tombull89 Apr 5 '11 at 10:13
Not sure if you mean the company hosting the website, or the company from which we buy our domain names from? – oshirowanen Apr 5 '11 at 10:14
erk. My hosting company does both, but I'm going to say the one you've bought the domain from. – tombull89 Apr 5 '11 at 10:19
Please see update 1 in the original question. – oshirowanen Apr 5 '11 at 10:29

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.