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Google Apps for Work - CNAME Settings

Rob
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I have Google Apps for Work.  I would like an external website with another hosting provider.

My Question: What do I need to do so that www.mydomain.com is redirected to this host for the website BUT retain Google for all the services such as email, drive, calendar etc.  ??

I *think* this is done via a CNAME record but I'm not sure and hesitent to do this without breaking something.
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Not sure what you are asking but if someone else is hosting your website, it shouldn't have any effect on your Google Apps. If you're gonna redirect the site then why would you want someone else to host it?
RobOwner (Aidellio)
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My domain registrar has my DNS records pointing to Google. I want to retain that but redirect www to my other host as I get more flexibility with making the domain (I think)
You 'll have to use Google Sites as Google doesn't allow you to upload files for web hosting with Google Apps.
RobOwner (Aidellio)
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I want to use a external host for just my website. I do not want to use Google for that
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Rob,

You'll use a combination of A, CNAME, and MX records to do this.  

www. and . at minimum will need A records pointing to the IP address of the hosting company for the web site.  Your CNAME's will be for things like mail.yourdomain.com and it will point to ghs.googlehosted.com.  Google Apps configuration will take care of the rest.
RobOwner (Aidellio)
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Thanks. That's the mistake I was about to make, stuffing around with CNAME entries.
Ok so A records are all I'd need to add to godaddy given they've already set up the Google apps? Got it
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Ok so A records are all I'd need to add to godaddy given they've already set up the Google apps?

I think it would be worth burning a support ticket with GoDaddy to verify, but yes.  After all the advice I'm giving may be worth what you are paying for it :)

I use Dreamhost for everything, so all of my sites use Dreamhost's DNS servers.  We then host the sites and mysql servers there and use Google Apps for mail, calendar, Drive and whatever other service is necessary.

So my DNS is set to DH's nameservers.  A records to the site's IP, MX records to Google, CNAMEs as needed to Google.  I have to configure Google to accept mail.domain, calendar.domain, drive.domain in the Apps for Work control panel but otherwise that's all. I assume if you are setting DNS via Google, they will allow the rest of it as needed.

This works for me, should work for anyone.
RobOwner (Aidellio)
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Awesome. Exactly what I needed.