How to Change CNAME Records

A Step by Step Guide on how to make shortcuts for your domain registered in Google Apps  

To access your services you will have to log-in to the following:

Admin Console: http://www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

For users:

Mail: http://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

Start Page: http://partnerpage.google.com/yourdomain.com

Docs: http://docs.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

Calendar: http://calendar.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

Sites: http://sites.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

This is a guide on how to make it easier for your users to remember the URL, thereby pointing URLs to look like these: 

Mail: http://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

        to http://mail.yourdomain.com

Start Page: http://partnerpage.google.com/yourdomain.com

        to http://start.yourdomain.com

Docs: http://docs.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

        to http://docs.yourdomain.com

Calendar: http://calendar.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

        to http://calendar.yourdomain.com

Sites: http://sites.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

         to http://sites.yourdomain.com

Here's how to do it: 

  1. Log-in to the Google Apps dashboard (go to http://www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com
  2. Click on the “Service Settings” tab. Click on “Start Page”
 

 

3. Go to your domain hosting service (i.e. GoDaddy.com). On the Domain Manager, click on “Total DNS Control and MX Records”.

4. On the DNS Control Panel, create a CNAME record by clicking on “Add new CNAME record”.

 

Enter an Alias Name “calendar”. Point to Host Name “ghs.google.com” Click ok.


A “Results and Status” dialogue box will confirm the addition. Click ok.

*Repeat for start, sites, and docs

For mail, just edit the record and point the host name to ghs.google.com

3. Go back to the Apps dashboard and click on “Change URL” and then click on "Change URLs for All Domain Services". Choose the custom name and click continue.

and click on “I’ve Completed These Steps”

 

Next Steps: Change MX Records