Setting up a CNAME record for any one of the domain names or subdomains that you've got in a hosting account will allow you to forward it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded Internet domain will lose all of its records - A, MX and so forth, and will take the records of the domain address it's being pointed to. In this light, you can't create a CNAME record to forward your domain name to a third-party company and retain a working e-mail service with the first hosting provider. Additionally, it is very important to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words and not a number as it is frequently mistaken for the A record of the domain being forwarded. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain that you own through one company to the servers of another provider if you have set up a site with the latter. By doing this, the Internet site will appear under your own domain, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.
CNAME Records in Web Hosting
Setting up a CNAME record using our Linux web hosting is really easy. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel has a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted inside your account in just a few simple steps. You can find a video tutorial inside the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature provides you with various options - if you create a company website 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 wish to set up a website using a different provider which offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain name hosted here and use it for the site. Last, but not least, if you have a web-based store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you may create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and direct it to the main domain address, so all your customers will be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with each of our semi-dedicated server accounts, will permit you to create a CNAME record effortlessly. In case you want to create a private URL for your emails, to redirect a domain name to a subdomain inside the account or to forward a domain address to another company and use some third-party service that they provide, it's not going to take you more than 3 clicks to set up 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 when you're there, all you will have to do will be to select 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 see a short video within the Control Panel regarding how to create a CNAME record or you can follow the instructions in the help article, that's available in the DNS records section.