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I am hosting a domain on namecheap with namecheap's DNS service.

I want to point digest.politihacks.com to politihacks.wordpress.com with a CNAME record. This works fine.

However, I also want to point the top level name politihacks.com to github's static page hosting service at When I add the A record for this, it works as expected BUT the previous CNAME now also redirects to github instead of wordpress.

In my terminal I typed dig digest.politihacks.com and it looks like it SHOULD point to wordpress:

 ; <<>> DiG 9.7.6-P1 <<>> digest.politihacks.com
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 39614
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 8, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;digest.politihacks.com.        IN  A

digest.politihacks.com. 77  IN  CNAME   politihacks.wordpress.com.
politihacks.wordpress.com. 3533 IN  CNAME   lb.wordpress.com.
lb.wordpress.com.   17  IN  A
lb.wordpress.com.   17  IN  A
lb.wordpress.com.   17  IN  A
lb.wordpress.com.   17  IN  A
lb.wordpress.com.   17  IN  A
lb.wordpress.com.   17  IN  A

;; Query time: 43 msec
;; WHEN: Thu Feb 28 02:02:18 2013
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 189

But as I mentioned, visiting digest.politihacks.com in my browser redirects to my github static page. What could be wrong?


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It would be nice to see the actual domain. –  NickW Feb 28 '13 at 9:58
it's politihacks.com if that helps you –  Jacob Lyles Feb 28 '13 at 10:03
As you see, the domain helps immensely :) –  NickW Feb 28 '13 at 10:14

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

This is not a DNS problem (although there is one problem: I get "... has no A record" instead of

What you observe with digest is caused by a http redirect (301 Moved permanently).

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You set everything up correctly (except for politihacks.com having no A record at the moment).

The 301 redirect from digest.politihacks.com to politihacks.com is coming from the wordpress.com service. You will need to contact them to have this corrected.

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