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Creating Wildcard Domains and Subdomains

The tutorial video below covers the same topics as this article.

Distil Networks' wildcard feature is designed for customers having a large volume of domains or subdomains. It eliminates having to enter every domain and subdomain in the Distil Portal. Using wildcards lets you manage a single set of traffic routing rules, protection settings, and distribution settings no matter what domain or subdomain your users are attempting to access.

For example, let’s say your site is sectioned by category (photos.yourwebsite.com, videos.yourwebsite.com, audio.yourwebsite.com, etc.). Rather than entering each subdomain one by one, use the wildcard:

*.yourwebsite.com

All requests made to any yourwebsite.com subdomain are filtered through Distil using the same criteria. All reporting data is summarized within the wildcard, as well.

Within the Distil Portal, you can create a wildcard when adding a domain or add one to an already-existing domain.

Customers having on-premise Distil deployments, can create a wildcard for the top-level domain (.com, .net, .org, etc.), so that any any request for a domain with having matching top-level domains (e.g., yourwebsite.com, yoursecondwebsite.com, yourthirdwebsite.com, etc.) is treated as a wildcard.

Creating a Wildcard for a New Domain

To create a wildcard with a new domain:

  1. Log in to the Distil Networks Portal to access the Domains Dashboard.
  2. Select Add Domain.
  3. Enter the Fully Qualified Domain Name.
  4. Enter the Origin Server (IP/CNAME).
  5. Select the Wildcard? checkbox.
  6. Select Add Domain.

You will also need to update your DNS to complete the process (for more information about this, check out the Migration (DNS Changes) articles in our Help Center). Once you have completed this, your traffic is then routed through the Distil Content Protection Network.

That’s it!

To add new subdomains to a wildcard, simply update your DNS to route the new subdomain traffic through your wildcard settings. For more information, see the section "Adding New Domains and Subdomains to an Existing Wildcard" below.

Adding a Wildcard to an Existing Domain

To add a wildcard subdomain to a domain that’s already in the Distil Portal:

  1. Log in to the Distil Networks Portal
  2. Within the Domains Dashboard, select the associated domain.
  3. Select Settings from the top banner menu.
  4. Within the Subdomains section, select Add Subdomain.
  5. Select the Wildcard? checkbox.

    NOTE: The Origin Server (IP/CNAME) field is auto-populated with the origin server of the associated domain.
  6. Verify the Origin Server (IP/CNAME) is correct.
  7. Click Add Subdomain.

All done!

To add new subdomains to a wildcard, simply update your DNS to route the new subdomain traffic through your wildcard settings. For more information, see the section "Adding New Domains and Subdomains to an Existing Wildcard" below.

Creating a Wildcard for a Top-Level Domain

This option is available only to customers with on-premise deployments. To create a wildcard for a top-level domain:

  1. Log in to the Distil Networks Portal
  2. Within the Domains Dashboard, select Add Domain.
  3. Enter a top-level domain (com, net, org, etc.) in the Fully Qualified Domain Name field.
    NOTE: Do not include a period in this field. For example, enter “com” rather than “.com”.
  4. Select the Wildcard? checkbox.
  5. Enter the Origin Server (IP/CNAME) in the corresponding field.
  6. Click Add Domain.

You will also need to update your DNS to complete the process (for more information about this, check out the Migration (DNS Changes) articles in our Help Center). Once you have completed this, your traffic is then routed through the Distil Content Protection Network.

Congratulations!

To add new subdomains to a wildcard, simply update your DNS to route the new subdomain traffic through your wildcard settings. For more information, see the section "Adding New Domains and Subdomains to an Existing Wildcard" below.

Adding New Domains and Subdomains to an Existing Wildcard

Now that you’ve created wildcards, you can add new domains and subdomains to a wildcard without any additional updates in the Distil Portal.
NOTE: The settings and reporting data of an exact domain or subdomain will take priority over any wildcard settings and reporting data.

To add new domains and subdomains to a wildcard:

  1. Select the domain record associated with the wildcard from the Domains Dashboard.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Show DNS Configuration Instructions.
  4. Follow the generated instructions to update your DNS (for more information about updating your DNS, see the Migration (DNS Changes) articles in our Help Center.)

 

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