When setting up a CNAME record, you are basically creating a subdomain
To better understand the concept of subdomains, let’s check the anatomy of this domain: www.wellness.com
The “.com” is the top-level domain
And the business name “wellness” is the second-level domain
The part of a domain that displays before the first dot of the business name is a subdomain, that’s right! The “www” is a subdomain
But you don’t have to use “www” as your subdomain, as you can use any word or phrase you want to create a unique web address (without having to purchase a new domain), like using the word quiz or survey
Subdomains act as an extension of a domain that you already own
Within a specific Cloudflare account and domain, go to DNS.
Select Add record.
Select CNAME record.
Name: A subdomain or the root domain, which must:
Be 63 characters or less
Start with a letter and end with a letter or digit
Only contain letters, digits, or hyphens (underscores allowed but discouraged)
For example, the name could be the word quiz, funnel, go, etc
TTL: defaults to one hour so you can leave it as is (TTL determines how long the server should cache information)
Click Save to confirm your record.
Make sure to disable to Proxied status (orange cloud). Click on the orange cloud to change this configuration to DNS only (gray cloud with an arrow passing on top)
Click My Account from the top-right corner
Click Custom Domains from the left-hand menu
Click the Add custom domain green button
A configuration guideline will pop up, click the Continue button
Insert the domain name as [the name you put in [Cloudflare] + [your domain name], for example, quiz.wellness.com
Click the Create & Verify Domain button
It should display as “Verifying”. The verification process could take up to 5 minutes and should change to “Verified” status