I have Ape installed in /APE_Server. I'm configuring APE and the tutorial says:

  1. Create a subdomain pointing to the server where APE is installed.
  2. Create a Catch-All CNAME redirecting all requests from *.ape.yourdomain.com to ape.yourdomain.com

So basically I must create a subdomain that points to the root and a wildcard DNS?

I can do the first. For the second, I click ADD RECORD, select CNAME and it says:

Enter an Alias Name: 
Points to Host Name:

I tried to enter simply: *.ape and ape but it doesn't work. How do I do it?

  • I could point *.ape to with type A record but I don't know if that is what I am supposed to do to get APE working. Anyone knows if this is equivalent to point 2 of the tutorial? – Lisandro Vaccaro Sep 13 '11 at 6:53

An earlier question asked whether a wildcard CNAME record was a good idea or not. Answer mentioned that GoDaddy didn't support it even though it is technically fine.

I had the same issue. You can achieve what you need using an A record with * in the host field, and your server's IP address in the Points to Field. You can also set the host field of an A record to *.somesubdomain, if you only want wild-card subdomains of yet another subdomain.


Try a '@' and/or try an Arecord.

  • I could do A from *.ape to but I don't know if that is what I am supposed to do to get APE working. I don't know the difference between A and CNAME either. Will doing this work the same as doing what is asked by the tutorial? – Lisandro Vaccaro Sep 13 '11 at 6:52
  • A CNAME is a reference to an Arecord. Using an Arecord instead of a Cname is preferred, since when looking up a Cname the initial request returns the target Arecord, then a second request returns the Arecord. – wrmine Sep 15 '11 at 6:54

point *.ape to ape (CNAME) and ape to (A record)

  • that's what I did but the system doesn't consider *.ape valid – Lisandro Vaccaro Sep 15 '11 at 7:01

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