Creating a CNAME record for a subdomain is a great solution for redirecting traffic from your current domain name to your TrekkSoft page. This is a good idea when you want to keep your current domain or are already getting a lot of traffic to your URL. The TrekkSoft page will appear to be hosted on your original domain's website. For example, when a client visits "SubDomain.YourDomain.com" the CNAME record will actually cause this URL to display the content on "YourTrekkSoftname.TrekkSoft.com".
Creating a CNAME
The first step in creating a CNAME record that works with your TrekkSoft site is to add a record in your TrekkSoft account, then you should go to your current hosting provider to add the actual CNAME record for your domain.
(Did you know you can also apply to have TrekkSoft change your domain for you? Please apply for this service here)
1. First, you must create a record in your TrekkSoft account by going to Settings > Domains / URLs
Click on the Map Subdomain button.
Now, you will see the subdomain listed on the main Domains page, along with a status.
After adding a CNAME record to your main website's DNS Settings (Step 2), the status should have a green check mark to confirm that the subdomain is working properly.
2. Creating a CNAME record can be very different, depending on your hosting provider. It is a good idea to refer to your particular hosting provider's support section too.
To create a CNAME record, visit the DNS Settings section and look for a Create CNAME Record option.
Next, select a subdomain to map, such as "booking" in the example "booking.example.com".
Type "cname.trekksoft.com" in the destination field and click Save.
Try testing the subdomain to make sure that it is redirecting the user to your specific TrekkSoft subdomain.
If this does not work, it is best to contact your hosting provider to see if they can help you resolve the problem. If the issue cannot be resolved, there are a number of alternative solutions available.
Many vendors also choose to forward their "www" subdomain to cname.trekksoft.com and then redirect their root domain (example.com) to www.example.com.
example.com → www.example.com → cname.trekksoft.com (example.trekksoft.com)
Now, if a customer visits example.com or www.example.com, they will view the content on example.trekksoft.com. See below for more information.
Redirecting your Root Domain
If you would like to redirect your root domain (i.e. RootDomain.com) to a sub domain (i.e. SubDomain.RootDomain.com or www.RootDomain.com) this is very easy to do.
RootDomain.com → SubDomain.RootDomain.com or www.RootDomain.com
You can also forward the root domain to an entirely different domain.
RootDomain.com → cname.trekksoft.com
In your control panel, look for the domain that you would like to redirect, and in the information section, select the "forwarding" option.
You will be asked which subdomain that you would like to forward. To only forward the root domain "example.com" just leave the subdomain blank. To forward all subdomains, type "*" in the subdomain field.
An A or Address record (also known as a host record) links a domain to an IP address. Your IP address should point to IP 188.8.131.52 for the root domains.
If you cannot get your forwarding to work correctly for any reason, the final solution would be to use a DNS service, such as DNSimple, to have your website forwarded to your TrekkSoft URL.
It is important to keep in mind that when using a CNAME record any existing SSL certificates will need to be installed on our server - in which case charges will apply. TrekkSoft's booking system is already encrypted and completely secure and TrekkSoft buttons, hosted websites and widgets also have an SSL certificate installed, so there is no need to worry about the security of these tools and domains.
Prices regarding SSL Certificates you can see here.
How to integrate TrekkSoft in your website and keep your own domain
- Add booking buttons to your existing website:
TrekkSoft offers a number of options to integrate "Book Now" directly onto your existing website. Whether a button should bring customers to the booking screen of a specific activity, or a general "Tour Finder" to determine which activity is best, you can generate unique codes for your buttons and paste them directly into your website.The best thing about this type of integration is that our "Fancybox" will display a booking window that hovers above your page, processes your customer's booking and payment, and drops them back to exact page they were on on your website. This means that you never have to worry about losing valuable website visitors that are directed to other, third-party domains and marketplaces. TrekkSoft's button integration ensures that you keep your potential customers on your website. Read more here.
- CNAME record - Use your own domain name
A CNAME is a custom TrekkSoft domain name that's given to every company that signs up with TrekkSoft. This is a unique TrekkSoft URL, for example, yourcompany.trekksoft.com.
You'll need to add a CNAME record to the domain name settings (DNS) of your website's address (i.e. yourcompany.com) you can direct traffic to your TrekkSoft page without showing the TrekkSoft URL.
This is great for marketing purposes, as it is easy for customers to remember a standard ".com" URL that has your company's name in it. It also makes it easier for them to return later on to make repeat purchases.