Creating a CNAME record for any one of the domain names or subdomains you have within a hosting account will allow you to forward it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all of its records - A, MX and so on, and will take the records of the Internet domain it is being forwarded to. In this light, you cannot set up a CNAME record to point your domain to a third-party company and keep a functional email service with the first provider. Additionally, it is important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words and not a number as it is frequently wrongly identified as the A record of the domain name being redirected. One of the primary uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain name that you own through one company to the servers of another company in case you have set up an Internet site with the latter. By doing this, the website will appear under your own domain name, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.

CNAME Records in Website Hosting

Creating a CNAME record with our Linux website hosting is quite easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP features a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain addresses, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted inside your account in only a few simple steps. There is also a video tutorial in the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature offers you a number of opportunities - if you create a company website on our end, for instance, the workers can use their emails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you decide to create an Internet site using a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain address hosted here and use it for the site. 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 create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and direct it to the main domain, so all your visitors will be forwarded to a secure URL.