My client would like to use the root/naked domain name of his site, rather than the www subdomain. I am not overly savvy on the fine points on DNS. Is it safe to create a CNAME record that points the www subdomain to the root? i.e. --> I have seen examples redirecting TO the www, but not the reverse.

If it matters, the site is on Azure, and DNS settings are hosted at dreamhost.

Many thanks

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CNAMEs from root to a subdomain are not good, but the reverse seems harmless. You can create a CNAME for www as you described and DNS should be ok. But now I can hit your site as or This may not be as neat as your client desires. A better solution would be to create an A record for www which points at a redirect server which will bounce the users to the naked domain.

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