Setting up a CNAME record for any of the domain addresses or subdomains that you've got within a hosting account will allow you to direct it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded Internet domain will lose all its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the domain address it's being redirected to. In this light, you cannot create a CNAME record to point your domain name to a third-party provider and keep a working e-mail service with the first provider. It's also essential to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words and not a number as it's regularly wrongly identified as the A record of the domain being redirected. One of the primary uses of a CNAME record is to point a domain name that you own through one provider to the servers of some other provider when you have set up a site with the latter. By doing this, the website will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party company.
CNAME Records in Shared Hosting
If you have a shared hosting plan from our company and you would like to set up a CNAME record, it will take you only a few clicks to do it. You can access the DNS records for all domain names and subdomains hosted in your account via the Hepsia CP included with every single plan and adding a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, choosing the type, which will be CNAME in this case, typing the actual record value and saving the change. In case you have never added this kind of record before, you will find a Help section with a detailed video tutorial you can watch, or you can just contact us and we'll help you with this task. If you have set up an Internet site through 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 provider, for example Google Apps, all it takes is creating a CNAME record with a couple of mouse clicks inside your CP.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Managing DNS records usually seems to be a challenging task to people with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with every Linux semi-dedicated hosting package which we offer, is quite simple to use. If you wish to set up a CNAME record for any purpose, all you need to do will be to pick the domain name or subdomain you need, pick 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 process is very simple and you can create the record in the DNS Records section of the Control Panel. Within the hour the new record is going to be fully active and within several hours it is going to propagate around the world. If you are not sure what you have to do, we have prepared an in depth help article and a short video tutorial on how to go about creating a CNAME record and they are both located within that very same section of Hepsia. Needless to say, you can also get in touch with us for assistance anytime.