Setting up a CNAME record for any one of the domain names or subdomains you have in a hosting account will allow you to point it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain name will lose all of its records - A, MX and so on, and will take the records of the Internet domain it's being forwarded to. In this light, you can't set up a CNAME record to redirect your domain to a third-party company and retain a functional email service with the first hosting company. Also, it is very important to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words rather than a number as it is frequently confused with the A record of the domain being forwarded. One of the major uses of a CNAME record is to forward a domain name that you own through one provider to the servers of some other company when you have created an Internet site with the latter. In this way, the Internet site will appear under your own domain, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.
CNAME Records in Shared Hosting
Creating a CNAME record using our Linux shared hosting service is very simple. Our in-house built Hepsia CP features a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted inside your account in just a few easy steps. You'll find a video tutorial inside the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature provides you with a number of opportunities - if you build a company website on our end, as an illustration, the staff can use their emails with the company domain name, not with the address of our mail server. If you choose to set up an Internet site through a different provider that offers online web design services, you can easily forward 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 could create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and direct it to the main domain address, so all your clients will be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with every one of our semi-dedicated server accounts, will permit you to create a CNAME record effortlessly. If you want to create a private URL for your emails, to redirect a domain to a subdomain in the account or to forward a domain to another provider and use some third-party service that they provide, it will not take you more than 3 mouse clicks to create such a record. All DNS records for the domain names and subdomains hosted in the semi-dedicated account are going to be listed in a separate section in the CP, so once you're there, all that you will have to do will be to pick 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 watch a short video in the Control Panel concerning how to create a CNAME record or you can refer to the instructions in the help article, that is available in the DNS records section.