Setting up a CNAME record for any one of the domain names or subdomains that you've got in a hosting account allows you to point it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the domain address it is 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 functional 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 not a number because it is often mistaken for the A record of the domain name being redirected. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to forward a domain name that you own through one company to the servers of some other provider assuming you have created a site with the latter. This way, the 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 using our cloud hosting plans is quite simple. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel includes a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain addresses, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted in your account in a couple of simple steps. You can find a video tutorial within the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature gives you a number of options - if you set up a company website on our end, as an illustration, the staff can use their e-mails with the company domain name, not with the address of our mail server. If you choose to set up an Internet site using a different provider that offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain name 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 may create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and point it to the main domain, so all your visitors are going to be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with every one of our semi-dedicated server accounts, allows you to set up a CNAME record easily. Whether you want to create a private URL for your e-mails, to point a domain to a subdomain inside the account or to forward a domain name to another company and use some third-party service that they provide, it will not require more than three clicks to set up such a record. All DNS records for the domains and subdomains hosted within the semi-dedicated account will be listed in a separate section in the Control Panel, so once you're there, all you will have to do will be to select the type of the record that you want to set up and the hostname for which you are creating it, and then input the actual record text. For your benefit, you can see a short video within the Control Panel concerning how to set up a CNAME record or you can refer to the instructions in the help article, that is available in the DNS records section.