Setting up a CNAME record for any one of the domains or subdomains you've got within a hosting account will enable you to point it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all of its records - A, MX and so forth, and will take the records of the domain it is being pointed to. In this light, you cannot create a CNAME record to redirect your domain to a third-party company and keep a functional email service with the first hosting company. It is also important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words rather than a number as it is frequently confused with the A record of the Internet domain being forwarded. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to point a domain you own through one company to the servers of another company if you have set up an Internet site with the latter. That way, the website will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party company.
CNAME Records in Shared Hosting
Setting up a CNAME record using our shared hosting is extremely simple. Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section committed to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted inside your account in a couple of easy steps. There is also a video tutorial within the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature provides you with a variety of possibilities - if you set up a company website on our end, for instance, the workers can use their e-mails with the company domain name, not with the address of our mail server. If you decide to create an Internet site by using a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain name hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, in case you have a web-based store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you can create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and redirect it to the main domain name, so all your clients will be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Managing DNS records usually seems to be a challenging task to those with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with each Linux semi-dedicated service which we provide, is quite simple to use. If you need to set up a CNAME record for any purpose, all you will need to do will be to pick the domain or subdomain you need, pick the type of record, that will be CNAME in this case, then type in the value i.e. the domain name or subdomain you are forwarding to. The process is very easy and you can set up the record in the DNS Records section of the Control Panel. Within the hour the new record is going to be fully active and within a couple of hours it will propagate around the world. If you are not sure what you need to do, we've prepared a detailed help article and a short video tutorial regarding how to go about creating a CNAME record and they are both located in that very same section of Hepsia. Naturally, you can also get in touch with us for help at any time.