Creating a CNAME record for any one of the domain addresses or subdomains you've got in the hosting account will allow you to direct it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain name will lose all its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the Internet domain it is being pointed to. In this light, you cannot set up a CNAME record to redirect your domain to a third-party company and retain a working email service with the first hosting provider. It is also essential to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words and not a number as it's frequently confused with the A record of the domain address being forwarded. One of the major uses of a CNAME record is to forward a domain which you own through one provider to the servers of another provider when you have created an Internet site with the latter. In this way, the Internet site will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party company.
CNAME Records in Web Hosting
Setting up a CNAME record with our web hosting is quite simple. Our in-house built Hepsia CP features a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain addresses, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted within your account in just a few simple steps. There is also a video tutorial within the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature offers you a number of possibilities - if you build 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 want to create a site by using a different provider which offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain address hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, if you have a web-based store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you may set up a CNAME record for the www subdomain and redirect it to the main domain name, so all your customers will be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server through our company and you want to set up a CNAME record, it takes just a couple of clicks to complete this task. The plans are handled via our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel where you will find a section devoted to the DNS records of the domains and subdomains hosted within the account. To set up a CNAME record, you will only have to select the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), type in where the latter will be pointed to and save the change. The new record is going to be active almost right away in our system and will propagate worldwide within a few hours. Editing or deleting an existing CNAME record within the account is equally easy and takes a click. In the event you experience any difficulties, you can go through our comprehensive help article, watch the short video on the topic that we have added in the Control Panel, or you can simply contact us for assistance.