Setting up a CNAME record for each of the domains or subdomains you have in the hosting account will allow you to redirect 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 domain address it is being pointed to. In this light, you can't set up a CNAME record to forward your domain name to a third-party company and keep a working e-mail service with the first hosting provider. Also, it is important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words and never a number as it's frequently confused with the A record of the domain name being redirected. One of the major uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain name you own through one provider to the servers of another provider in case you have created an Internet site with the latter. That way, the site will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.

CNAME Records in Web Hosting

Setting up a CNAME record with our web hosting plans is extremely easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP includes a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted within your account in only a few simple steps. You can find a video tutorial in the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature provides you with various opportunities - if you create a company site on our end, for example, the staff can use their e-mails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you want to set up a site through a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, if you have an online store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you are able to set up a CNAME record for the www subdomain and forward it to the main domain, so all your visitors will be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server through our company and you wish to set up a CNAME record, it requires no more than a couple of mouse clicks to complete this task. The plans are handled through our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel in which you will discover a section committed to the DNS records of the domains and subdomains hosted within the account. To create a CNAME record, you will only have to pick the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), type where the latter is going to be forwarded to and save the change. The new record is going to be active almost immediately in our system and will propagate worldwide within several hours. Editing or deleting an existing CNAME record within the account is equally simple and takes a click. If you experience any troubles, you can go through our in-depth help article, watch the short video on the subject that we have added in the Control Panel, or simply contact us for help.