Trouble directing A name and subdomain to different hosts

Jacob Lyles asked:

I am hosting a domain on namecheap with namecheap’s DNS service.

I want to point to with a CNAME record. This works fine.

However, I also want to point the top level name to github’s static page hosting service at When I add the A record for this, it works as expected BUT the previous CNAME now also redirects to github instead of wordpress.

In my terminal I typed dig and it looks like it SHOULD point to wordpress:

 ; <<>> DiG 9.7.6-P1 <<>>
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 39614
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 8, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;        IN  A

;; ANSWER SECTION: 77  IN  CNAME 3533 IN  CNAME   17  IN  A   17  IN  A   17  IN  A   17  IN  A   17  IN  A   17  IN  A

;; Query time: 43 msec
;; WHEN: Thu Feb 28 02:02:18 2013
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 189

But as I mentioned, visiting in my browser redirects to my github static page. What could be wrong?


My answer:

You set everything up correctly (except for having no A record at the moment).

The 301 redirect from to is coming from the service. You will need to contact them to have this corrected.

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