ANAME Records

What is an ANAME record?

An ANAME record is like a CNAME record, but at the root level. ANAME records are most commonly used for CDN (Content Delivery Network) implementations at the root of a domain.

How It Works


CNAME records: point a subdomain to a FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name). They cannot be used at the root level.

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A records: point the root or subdomain to an IP address.

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ANAME records: We combined the two record types to create a record that behaves like a CNAME record (points to a FQDN) but at the root level.

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What's Really Going On

When you create an ANAME record, you will point the root of your domain to a FQDN. That FQDN will actually point to an IP address. In the case of a CDN, the FQDN is your CDN service and it will point your traffic to the IP address of the closest web server. The problem is, this requires two lookups: the FQDN and the IP address, which can increase resolution times.

The DNS Made Easy Difference

DNS Made Easy is unique, because we cut out the middleman (FQDN) and map directly to the IP address. DNS Made Easy will monitor where the FQDN points to and create an A record that will point the root to the appropriate IP. When the FQDN changes which IP it's pointing to, DNS Made Easy will update that A record.

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ANAME cuts down resolution times, which can boost search engine rankings and user experience.

Load Balancing

ANAME records can be used in a Round Robin load balancing configuration.

Regional ANAME Records

They can be combined with the Global Traffic Director for region-specific responses.

Instant Syncing

DNS updates are instantaneous! When our systems detect an IP change, we will update your ANAME record in real time.

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