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Configuring Country Code Top-Level Domains

The following article applies to Global Delivery Network project types. 

Smartling uses CNAME DNS records to direct localized traffic to the correct servers in the GDN infrastructure. DNS specifications do not allow CNAME records to be used with top-level domain records, so you cannot use top level domains with the Smartling GDN, directly.

To use a TLD for your localized site:

1) Setup a website on your server to handle requests to the ccTLD, for example: mysite.fr.
2) Modify your DNS settings for mysite.fr to create an “A” record for the TLD that points to your new site.
3) Add a www CNAME record (www.mysite.fr) that points to the Smartling site (fr.mysite.com).
4) Setup your website for mysite.fr to permanently redirect all traffic to www.mysite.fr

For Apache servers you can add a .htaccess file with the following content into the root folder of your site:

Options +FollowSymlinks 
RewriteEngine on
rewritecond %{http_host} ^mysite.fr [nc]
rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.mysite.fr/$1 [r=301,nc]
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