Creating a CNAME record for any one of the domains or subdomains you have in a hosting account will permit you to forward it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the domain it is being pointed to. In this light, you can't create a CNAME record to point your domain name to a third-party provider and keep a working e-mail service with the first provider. It's also important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words rather than a number as it is frequently mistaken for the A record of the domain being redirected. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain you own through one company to the servers of another company when you have set up a website with the latter. This way, the Internet site will appear under your own domain, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.

CNAME Records in Cloud Web Hosting

Setting up a CNAME record with our cloud web hosting packages is really simple. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel features a section devoted to the DNS records of your domains, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted within your account in just a few basic steps. You'll find a video tutorial in the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature will give you various options - if you create a company site on our end, for instance, the staff can use their emails with the company domain, not with the address of our mail server. If you choose to create an Internet site using a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain address hosted here and use it for the site. 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 are able to create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and point it to the main domain, so all your visitors will be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with every one of our semi-dedicated server accounts, will allow you to create a CNAME record easily. In case you want to create a private URL for your emails, to redirect a domain to a subdomain inside the account or to forward a domain address to another company and use some third-party service that they provide, it's not going to take you more than 3 clicks to set up this type of record. All DNS records for the domain names and subdomains hosted in the semi-dedicated account will be listed in a separate section in the Control Panel, so when you're there, all you will have to do will be to select the type of the record that you want to set up and the hostname for which you are creating it, and then enter the actual record text. For your convenience, you can watch a short video within the Control Panel about how to set up a CNAME record or you can follow the instructions in the help article, which is available in the DNS records section.