Setting up a CNAME record for any of the domains or subdomains that you've got in a hosting account allows you to forward it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain name will lose all of its records - A, MX and so forth, and will take the records of the domain name it's being directed to. In this light, you can't create a CNAME record to direct your domain to a third-party provider and retain a working e-mail service with the first provider. Additionally, it is essential to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words and never a number because it is generally wrongly identified as the A record of the domain address being redirected. One of the primary uses of a CNAME record is to point a domain that you own through one company to the servers of some other provider in case you have set up an Internet site with the latter. This way, the Internet site will appear under your own domain name, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.

CNAME Records in Shared Hosting

Setting up a CNAME record using our Linux shared hosting is very simple. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel features a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain addresses, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted in your account in a couple of basic steps. There is also a video tutorial inside the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature gives you various possibilities - if you create a company website on our end, for example, the staff can use their e-mails with the company domain, not with the address of our mail server. If you decide to create an Internet site using a different provider which offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain name hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, if you have an on-line store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you can set up a CNAME record for the www subdomain and forward it to the main domain name, so all your customers will be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with every single one of our semi-dedicated server accounts, allows you to create a CNAME record with ease. Whether you want to create a private URL for your emails, to redirect a domain name to a subdomain in the account or to forward a domain address to another provider and use some third-party service that they provide, it won't require more than three clicks to set up this type of record. All DNS records for the domain addresses and subdomains hosted inside the semi-dedicated account will be listed in a separate section in the CP, so once you are there, all you will have to do will be to select the type of the record that you want to create and the hostname for which you are creating it, and then enter the actual record text. For your benefit, you can see a short video inside the CP concerning how to create a CNAME record or you can refer to the instructions in the help article, that's available in the DNS records section.