Ok, here’s the issue, it would be awesomely nice to have
tongfamily.com point to
www.tongfamily.com but AWS Route53 does not allow this, you have to have a hard address A record for this. Bluehost and Digital Ocean handle this magic, but not Amazon. So what’s the work around? If you just use a CNAME alias, you can run into some real problems as Josh Strange found out. The basic issue is that if you do, then the DNS specification says it will ignore all your subdomain records. So beware.
Well, there is a service run by https://www.wizer.com which let’s you point to a magic IP address and it will reflect back to the proper spot with a 301 redirect. Handy.