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CNAME records, CloudFlare, Freenom, and disappointment
JohnDoe29 (3)

First of all, I set up a Freenom domain (free domain, if you want to know). I used CloudFlare to set up the CNAME records, and the target was the custom domain Repl.it allows you to set.

But then, a plot twist happened: It wasn't reading the record. I've set it up perfectly with no errors. My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.

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JohnDoe29 (3)

The issue now moves onto not querying the DNS.

vvc (58)

@JohnDoe29 hey i saw your project ParStudios. Were did you get the images.

themaka (178)

Hi @JohnDoe29 -- man using Freenom and CloudFlare is painful.

Ok, I've just set up the following using free domains and cloudflare.

https://python.maka.gq/
https://bubbles.maka.cf/
https://bubbles.maka.gq/

As far as I can tell, the issue seems to be Freenom. I set up domains and then Cloudflare just didn't find them, forever ...

Here's what I did:

To Freenom:
Create domain -- choose to forward the URL to repl.it (you'll change it later)

To Cloudflare:
Use Add Site -- enter new domain there. Hope it works. The first domain took one try, the second domain took 15 or so tries.

To Repl:
Use the edit option to setup the custom domain. Copy the CNAME record data that ends in repl.co so that you can go back

To Cloudflare:
Select CNAME from the dropdown menu, enter the domain (with subdomain if you wish) into the first field and paste the *.repl.co address into the second field. You can click the orange button to prevent traffic from going to Cloudflare.

To Repl:
... it should now say "You're all set" and you can just click Link. But, on one occasion, I had to reload the web page, then re-set it up, and it worked.

JohnDoe29 (3)

@themaka Nope, still not working.

hayaodeh (149)

@JohnDoe29 I'm the designer at Repl.it, would love to chat with you about your experience using Repl.it, would you have the time to talk to me?

hayaodeh (149)

@JohnDoe29 where are you located? This is my email [email protected]
what day/s time/s works the best for you?

amasad (1383)

Can you try, for the sake of debugging, without Cloudflare? Just add the cname to Freenom.

JohnDoe29 (3)

@amasad I've tried without CloudFlare, same issue.

amasad (1383)

@JohnDoe29 OK, i'm going to get a Freenom account to try it.

JohnDoe29 (3)

@amasad Do you have a clear answer?

hayaodeh (149)

Let's see how we can help you out. @amasad

mat1 (2328)

Freenom sometimes does the big dumb and doesn't work. Try creating a www subdomain and see if that works. If it doesn't, wait 10ish hours and try again.

Vandesm14 (538)

Did you change your nameservers on freenom to the cloudflare servers?

Vandesm14 (538)

@JohnDoe29 I don't not much past this. I haven't really fixed this for my own site either.