Let’s make the URL’s that we access Google Apps a bit prettier than the standard. The proper way to do this is to create CNAMES. A CNAME is a forwarding mechanism that tells your web browser you came to me at one URL, but the destination you are trying to reach is actually over here. They are perhaps most commonly used to make sure “www.example.com” and “example.com” resolve to the same site.

A CNAME record or Canonical Name record is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS) that specifies that the domain name is an alias of another, canonical domain name.


In this brief tutorial, we will quickly setup CNAME’s for your Google Apps account from within cPanel. I will show you how to modify your DNS settings with your domain name registrar (in my case 1and1) in order to point your domain name to your cPanel server. I will then show you how to properly create the subdomains and CNAME’s in your cPanel account so that they resolve at your Google Apps!

Posted by: John Dugan