Setting up a CNAME record for any one of the domains or subdomains that you've got in the hosting account will enable you to point it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all 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 redirect your domain name to a third-party provider and maintain a functional e-mail 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 is generally confused with the A record of the domain address being forwarded. One of the primary uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain which you own through one company to the servers of another company when you have created a site with the latter. That way, the site will appear under your own domain, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party company.
CNAME Records in Shared Hosting
In case you have a shared hosting plan from our company and you want to set up a CNAME record, it will take you just a few mouse clicks to get it done. You can access the DNS records for all domain addresses and subdomains hosted inside your account via the Hepsia Control Panel that comes with each and every plan and adding a new record is as basic as clicking on a button, selecting the type, which is CNAME in this case, inputting the actual record value and saving the modification. If you have never added this type of record before, we have a Help section with a detailed video tutorial you can watch, or you can just contact us and we will help you with this task. If you have set up a website using another company, you want to use a private URL for your webmail or you would like to designate a subdomain to be used with the services of a different company, like Google Apps, all it takes is setting up a CNAME record with a couple of mouse clicks in your CP.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Managing DNS records usually appears to be a hard task to those with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with every Linux semi-dedicated server which we provide, is extremely easy to use. If you would like to set up a CNAME record for any purpose, all that you will need to do will be to select the domain address or subdomain you need, pick the type of record, which will be CNAME in this case, then enter the value i.e. the domain name or subdomain you are forwarding to. The process is very easy and you can set up the record in the DNS Records section of the CP. Within the hour the new record will be fully active and within several hours it'll propagate all over the world. If you aren't sure what you have to do, we have prepared a comprehensive help article and a short video tutorial on how to go about creating a CNAME record and they're both located within that very same section of Hepsia. Of course, you can also get in touch with us for help anytime.