Setting up a CNAME record for any of the domain addresses or subdomains that you've got within a hosting account will allow you to forward it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all of its records - A, MX and so on, and will take the records of the domain address it is being redirected to. In this light, you cannot create a CNAME record to direct your domain to a third-party provider and keep a functional email service with the first hosting provider. Additionally, it is essential to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words and not a number as it's generally mistaken for the A record of the domain name being redirected. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to forward a domain name that you own through one provider to the servers of some other company assuming you have set up a website with the latter. That way, the site will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.

CNAME Records in Cloud Hosting

Setting up a CNAME record using our Linux cloud hosting is really easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section dedicated 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 a couple of simple steps. There is also a video tutorial inside the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature will give you a number of possibilities - if you create a company site on our end, as an illustration, the workers can use their emails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you decide to set up an Internet site using a different provider that offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain name 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'll be able to create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and direct it to the main domain, so all your customers are going to be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server through our company and you would like to set up a CNAME record, it takes no more than a couple of clicks to complete this task. The plans are handled via our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP where you will discover a section dedicated to the DNS records of the domain addresses and subdomains hosted within the account. To create a CNAME record, you'll only have to pick the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), type in where the latter will be directed to and save the change. The new record is going to be active almost right away in our system and will propagate worldwide within several hours. Changing or deleting an existing CNAME record within the account is just as simple and easy and takes a click. In case you experience any difficulties, you can go through our detailed help article, watch the short video on the subject that we have added in the CP, or just contact us for assistance.