Creating a CNAME record for any one of the domains or subdomains you've got within a hosting account will permit you to point it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded Internet domain will lose all its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the domain it's being directed to. In this light, you can't set up a CNAME record to direct your domain name to a third-party provider and maintain a functional email service with the first hosting company. It is also important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words and not a number as it is often confused with the A record of the Internet domain being forwarded. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to forward a domain you own through one company to the servers of some other provider in case you have set up a site with the latter. That way, the website will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.

CNAME Records in Shared Web Hosting

Creating a CNAME record with our shared web hosting plans is quite simple. Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section devoted to the DNS records of your domains, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted inside your account in a couple of simple steps. You can find a video tutorial within the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature will give you a variety of possibilities - if you set up a company site on our end, for instance, the staff can use their e-mails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you decide to set up an Internet site through a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain name hosted here and use it for the website. 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 redirect it to the main domain address, so all your clients will be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server with our company and you want to set up a CNAME record, it will take only a couple of mouse clicks to complete this task. The plans are handled through our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP in which you will see a section devoted to the DNS records of the domain addresses and subdomains hosted inside the account. To set up a CNAME record, you will simply have to select the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), key in where the latter is going to be forwarded to and save the modification. The new record will be active almost right away in our system and will propagate worldwide within a few hours. Editing or deleting an existing CNAME record in the account is equally easy and takes a click. In case you experience any troubles, you can go through our detailed help article, see the short video on the topic that we have added in the CP, or just contact us for help.