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QUIC.cloud DNS vs. CNAME Records

When you enable QUIC.cloud CDN, you are asked to choose a method of connecting the CDN to your domain:

  • QUIC.cloud DNS
  • CNAME

Let’s look at what each of these options entails.

QUIC.cloud DNS

QUIC.cloud DNS is our built-in DNS solution and is provided to CDN users free of charge.

You can use QUIC.cloud DNS with a root (or apex) domain such as example.com, or you can use it with your www domain (like www.example.com), or any other subdomain (such as blogging-is-cool.example.com).

QUIC.cloud DNS was built specifically for our CDN, which means it well integrated into our service, and is easily accessible from your QUIC.cloud dashboard, if you ever need to change your configuration.

NOTE: If you choose QUIC.cloud DNS, you can ignore the CNAME record that QUIC.cloud assigns to you. This is only needed if you choose the CNAME method.

Learn more about using QUIC.cloud DNS.

CNAME

If you are using QUIC.cloud for your www domain or some other subdomain, you can keep your current DNS provider and simply add the CNAME record assigned to you by QUIC.cloud (it should look something like c12345.tier1.quicns.com).

Learn more about using CNAME with your subdomain.

If you wish to use QUIC.cloud with your root domain (example.com), your DNS provider must offer CNAME flattening, or ANAME/ALIAS records.

Learn more about using CNAME with your root domain.

NOTE: Many DNS providers do not support CNAME flattening or ANAME/ALIAS records. In that case you can either:

  • Switch to QUIC.cloud DNS, or some other provider who offers ANAME or ALIAS records.
  • Change your website to a www domain or other subdomain and use the CNAME method with your current DNS provider.
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