Setting up a CNAME record for any of the domain addresses or subdomains that you have in a hosting account allows you to direct it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all of its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the domain name it's being pointed to. In this light, you cannot create a CNAME record to redirect your domain to a third-party company and maintain a functional email service with the first hosting company. Additionally, it is very important to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words rather than a number as it is regularly wrongly identified as the A record of the domain address being forwarded. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain address you own through one company to the servers of some other provider if you have set up an Internet site with the latter. That way, the Internet site will appear under your own domain, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.

CNAME Records in Cloud Hosting

Creating a CNAME record with our Linux cloud hosting is quite easy. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel features a section committed to the DNS records of your domain addresses, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted within your account in a couple of basic steps. You'll find a video tutorial in the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature will give you many opportunities - if you build a company site on our end, for instance, the workers can use their emails with the company domain, not with the address of our mail server. If you decide to set up an Internet site using a different provider which offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, in case you have an online 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 visitors are going to be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Managing DNS records usually appears to be a hard task to people with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with every Linux semi-dedicated hosting we provide, is quite easy to use. If you wish to create a CNAME record for any purpose, all you need to do will be to choose the domain or subdomain you need, select the type of record, which will be CNAME in this case, then input the value i.e. the domain name or subdomain you are forwarding to. The procedure is very easy and you can create the record in the DNS Records section of the CP. Within the hour the new record will be 100 % active and within a few hours it will propagate all over the world. If you aren't sure what you should do, we've prepared a comprehensive help article and a short video tutorial regarding how to go about creating a CNAME record and they are both located in that very same section of Hepsia. Of course, you can also get in touch with us for help at any moment.