Creating a CNAME record for any of the domains or subdomains that you have in 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 and so on, and will take the records of the domain address it is being pointed to. In this light, you can't create a CNAME record to redirect your domain name to a third-party provider and maintain a working email service with the first hosting company. It is also very important to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words and never a number because it is commonly wrongly identified as the A record of the domain name being redirected. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain name which you own through one company to the servers of some other provider if you have created a site with the latter. By doing this, the Internet site will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party company.

CNAME Records in Shared Website Hosting

Setting up a CNAME record with our shared website hosting plans is very simple. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel includes a section committed to the DNS records of your domain addresses, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted inside your account in a couple of easy steps. You will find a video tutorial in the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature gives you a number 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 name, not with the address of our mail server. If you want to create a website through a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain name hosted here and use it for the site. Last, but not least, if you have an on-line store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you can create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and point 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 only a few clicks to complete this task. The plans are handled via our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP where you will see a section dedicated to the DNS records of the domains and subdomains hosted in the account. To set up a CNAME record, you'll simply have to choose the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), key in where the latter will 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. Changing or deleting an existing CNAME record within the account is just as easy and takes a click. If you experience any troubles, you can go through our detailed help article, see the short video on the subject that we have added in the Control Panel, or you can simply contact us for help.