Creating a CNAME record for each of the domains or subdomains you have in a hosting account will allow you to direct 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's being forwarded to. In this light, you cannot create a CNAME record to forward your domain name to a third-party company and keep a working email service with the first hosting company. Also, it is important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words and not a number because it is commonly wrongly identified as the A record of the domain being redirected. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to point a domain name which you own through one company to the servers of some other company in case you have created a website with the latter. By doing this, the website will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.

CNAME Records in Website Hosting

Creating a CNAME record with our Linux website hosting is very simple. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel has a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted within your account in only a few simple steps. There is also a video tutorial within the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature offers you various opportunities - if you create a company website on our end, for example, the employees can use their e-mails with the company domain, not with the address of our mail server. If you choose to set up 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, if you have a web-based store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you could set up a CNAME record for the www subdomain and point it to the main domain, so all your customers will be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server with our company and you want to set up a CNAME record, it will require just a few clicks to complete this task. The plans are managed via our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP where you will see a section dedicated to the DNS records of the domain names and subdomains hosted in the account. To create a CNAME record, you will simply have to choose the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), type in where the latter is going to be redirected to and save the change. The new record will be active almost immediately in our system and will propagate worldwide within a couple of hours. Editing or deleting an existing CNAME record in the account is equally easy and takes a click. In the event you experience any problems, you can go through our comprehensive help article, check out the short video on the subject that we have added in the CP, or you can simply contact us for help.