CNAME masking Instructions for IAN Affiliates
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CNAMES are used to mask the travel.ian.com and dg.ian.com domain names in a
users address bar to a domain name that resembles your own. For instance,
http://travel.ian.com/hotels/index.jsp?cid=9999 can be masked with http://CNAME.YOURDOMAINNAME.com/hotels/index.jsp?cid=9999.
Both links direct the user to the same page. Creating a CNAME will be done differently depending on your
DNS provider. Below are the things you need to remember about CNAME masking and the
steps for creating a CNAME if you are using
*GoDaddy.com® hosting services.
Below are the lists of domain names used by the
IAN.com affiliate program:
Of the above domain names, ONLY TWO can be masked.
Attempting to mask vacations.ian.com or cruises.ian.com will result in the loss of
a section of the URL that allows us to track your bookings and WILL RESULT IN
YOUR NOT BEING PAID COMMISSIONS FOR BOOKINGS MADE FROM IMPROPERLY MASKED
DOMAINS! Please make sure that you DO NOT attempt to mask vacations.ian.com or
In addition, you may
have used links that contain travelnow.com as the domain name. It is important
that you understand that any link such as this
http://www.travelnow.com/hotels/index.jsp?cid=9999 also lead to the same
http://travel.ian.com/hotels/index.jsp?cid=9999. Therefore, if you make a
mask for travel.ian.com, you can replace your current links using
www.travelnow.com with your new CNAME
created to mask travel.ian.com.
|Creating a CNAME using *GoDaddy.com® hosting service control
Follow the steps below to create a CNAME using the *GoDaddy.com® hosting control panel.
(Instructions subject to change without notice)
- Log into your account at *GoDaddy.com®
- Hover over the green Hosting link, and choose the "My Hosting Account" link
- Under the control panel section of the page, choose the "Manage Account" link. This
will open a new window. Please make sure your pop up blockers are turned off.
- On the new window, choose Settings > DNS Manager. This will open a new
- On the new window click the "Add New CNAME Record" button.
- On the next page, you will see three steps: enter an alias name, points to host name, and TTL
- ENTER AN ALIAS NAME: enter the cname you would like to use. If your domain
name is IANtravelStore.com, you would want a CNAME like
reservations.iantravelstore.com. Therefore you would enter "reservations"
(without quotes) into the Enter an Alias Name field.
- ENTER POINTS TO HOST NAME: here is where you enter the name of the domain
you are masking. For instance travel.ian.com. Do NOT enter http:// or www.
Simply enter it as such: travel.ian.com
- SELECT TTL VALUE: The TTL ("time to live") indicates to resolving name servers how long to cache the associated information.
One hour should be fine.
- Wait 24 to 48 hours for your CNAME to go into effect. Most often the change
takes only a few minutes, but this is the disclaimer given by GoDaddy.com.
- Repeat the steps above using a DIFFERENT CNAME to mask dg.ian.com
- Once your CNAME is completed, you can use your HTML editor's find and
replace function to replace instances of travel.ian.com or dg.ian.com with your
new CNAME(S) on all of your web pages. Future links you create using the link
generator of IAN.com will still contain travel.ian.com and/or dg.ian.com and
will need to be modified using your new CNAME(S) before implementing the links
on your site. Please keep in mind that creating a CNAME such as
reservations.iantravelstore.com does not mean you will use
reservations.iantravelstore.com as your whole link URL for all of your links to
our IAN services. The rest of our link structure MUST remain intact for the links and CNAME
to work properly. This means that you can't replace
http://travel.ian.com/hotels/index.jsp?cid=9999 simply with
http://reservations.iantravelstore.com. Everything in our links will remain
the same. The only part that will change is the domain.
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