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In this post it says its best to use CNAME only for Ec2 / route 53 setup: EC2/Route53: How do I assign my new domain name to an instance?.

However, I added:

* CNAME my Route 53 DNS config and *www.* works but does not and the site 301's to non-www ( so essentially nothing works.

Am I missing something? I guess I DO need an A record to the elastic IP?

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Yes, you need an A record. CNAMEs can't be used for the root record of a domain.

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Added A record and its working. thx. So what is Eric reffering to here?: – Hayden Mar 18 '12 at 0:45
Note that he's talking about, not – ceejayoz Mar 18 '12 at 1:33

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