A CNAME record is "a type of resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS) used to specify that a domain name is an alias for another domain" according to Wikipedia. You can create a CNAME record and point it to your SproutVideo website, allowing you to use an existing domain name you own for your video site, or to use a ".com" address instead of the "vids.io" address we provide.

Creating a CNAME Record Using GoDaddy

If you use GoDaddy as your domain hosting provider, follow these instructions for creating a CNAME record and pointing it to your SproutVideo website.

1. Log Into Your GoDaddy Account and Click the Gear in the Righthand Corner:

Setup a CNAME record in Your GoDaddy Hosting Account

2. Select "Manage Subdomains"

Manage Subdomains in Your GoDaddy Hosting Account

3. Click "Add Record" Under "Zone File"

Add a CNAME record as a Zone File in Your GoDaddy Hosting Account

4. Add Zone Record Details

Set the "Record Type" to CNAME (Alias). Set "Host" to be whatever you would like the prefix of your URL to be. Common examples are “www” or “videos”, which you would enter without the quotation marks. Enter your custom Video Site URL from your SproutVideo account in the "Points to" field. You can find this under Site > Settings when logged into your SproutVideo account. The final URL in the example below would be videos.example.com.

Settings to Use for Your CNAME Record in Your GoDaddy Hosting Account

5. Make Sure You Save Changes When Finished

Save Changes to Finalize CNAME Record in GoDaddy Hosting Account

6. Finalize the setup of your CNAME.

Once your GoDaddy account is configured, log into your SproutVideo account. Hover your cursor over "Site" at the top of the page, and select "Settings". Enter the CNAME record in the corresponding field called "CNAME" and click "Save Settings" at the bottom of the page. We will automatically test your new URL to make sure that it is configured correctly.

Section: Video Websites
Last Updated: May 10, 2016