Setting up a CNAME record for any of the domain addresses or subdomains that you have in a hosting account will allow you to direct it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain address will lose all its records - A, MX and so on, and will take the records of the domain name it is being redirected to. In this light, you cannot set up a CNAME record to redirect your domain to a third-party provider and maintain a functional e-mail service with the first provider. Additionally, it is important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words rather than a number as it is frequently wrongly identified as the A record of the domain name being forwarded. One of the major uses of a CNAME record is to forward a domain name you own through one company to the servers of another provider in case you have created a website with the latter. By doing this, the website will appear under your own domain, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party company.
CNAME Records in Hosting
Creating a CNAME record using our hosting is very easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP includes a section committed to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted in your account in only a few basic steps. There is also a video tutorial within the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature will give you many options - if you create a company site on our end, for instance, the employees can use their emails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you wish to create a site through a different provider which offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain name hosted here and use it for the site. Last, but not least, if you have an online 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 forward it to the main domain name, so all your clients will be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Managing DNS records usually seems to be a difficult task to people with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with every single semi-dedicated service which we provide, is very easy to use. If you wish to set up a CNAME record for any purpose, all you will need to do will be to pick the domain name or subdomain you need, select the type of record, which will be CNAME in this case, then enter the value i.e. the domain or subdomain you are forwarding to. The procedure is very easy and you can create the record in the DNS Records section of the Control Panel. Within the hour the new record will be 100 % active and within a few hours it will propagate around the globe. If you are not sure what you should do, we have prepared a comprehensive help article and a short video tutorial on how to go about creating a CNAME record and they are both situated in that same section of Hepsia. Naturally, you can also get in touch with us for assistance at any time.