CNAME question

Posted on 2009-07-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I have 5 domains on my server that I want to point to 1 domain so this 1 domain can be accessed via any of the 5 URLs. The point of this is the website on this one domain will determine which URL is being used to access it and provide data based on that. Say e.g. it's a property site and the domains are,, etc. so if I visit it will point (NOT redirect) to that single site and server all UK properties, etc.

I do, however, require the alias domains to be able to manage their own mailboxes, etc. so simply parking is not an option.

How can I make these 5 domains point to the master domain (call it Would I add a CNAME record for these 5 domains so that www points to
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by:Chris Dent
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CNAME would work well enough provided the web server is willing to answer for those names (may be an issue if host headers are used).

You wouldn't see URL rewriting with that, but from the above I don't think you want or expect that anyway.


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ID: 24792295
>> You wouldn't see URL rewriting with that, but from the above I don't think you want or expect that anyway.

What do you mean with that? I would require URL rewriting using .htaccess, e.g. URLs may be:

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by:Chris Dent
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Sorry, badly phrased, you wouldn't see URL rewriting from anything done in DNS. e.g. rewriting to Once you're at the web server you can do whatever you need with the URLs, as long as the web server is willing to service the request.


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ID: 24792352
That's perfect, as long as CNAME will enable visitors to see the various sites as INDIVIDUAL sites, i.e. as if the files were uploaded to each domain individually (instead of them being served from the main domain) and me being able to do the usual mod_rewrite functions, etc. I would be happy... Is this  the case?
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Chris Dent earned 500 total points
ID: 24792378

Provided your web-site content doesn't use absolute URLs, if everything is relative then the original URL used will not change.


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