Gmail and CNAME records


#1

Good morning,

I switched from Squirrel mail to Gmail a while ago, but some of the pages I supposedly activated in Google Apps still don’t work. In particular, I’m trying to get start.MYSITENAME.com and calendar.MYSITENAME.com to work, since these are linked from the ‘welcome’ emails sent out whenever I create a new email account for new people.

  1. I’ve already chosen “Publish Start Page” within Google Apps control panel

  2. I’ve looked through most Google Apps help http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/search.py?ctx=en:searchbox&query=start&temp_query=start

I’ve also read Dreamhost wiki post on CNAME record here:

http://wiki.dreamhost.com/CNAME_record

and I’ve gone through the Dreamhost Control Panel, Domains->Manage Domains->DNS, and tried to add a CNAME record that points from “start.MYSITENAME.com” to the Google default http://partnerpage.google.com/MYSITENAME.com, but it doesn’t let me enter that string in the Dreamhost Control Panel. So, the Start Page still won’t work.

I know I’m doing something wrong (I’m new at this, so apologies if this seems like a dumb question). Any suggestions/advice?

Thank you.


#2

If you chose to use GMail for email and not the complete “GoogleAps” hosting when setting up your domain, you could implement some forwarding sub-domains for those pages within Add Domain/Sub-Domain.

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#3

Thank you very much for the suggestion! I tried the forwarding/redirect and that ended up being the much easier solution, didn’t have to fiddle with CNAME at all.