Creating a CNAME record for each of the domain names or subdomains that you've got in the hosting account will allow you to direct it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the Internet domain it is being redirected to. In this light, you cannot create a CNAME record to forward your domain to a third-party company and maintain a working e-mail service with the first hosting provider. It's also essential to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words and never a number as it is generally wrongly identified as the A record of the domain name being redirected. One of the major uses of a CNAME record is to point a domain address that you own through one company to the servers of another company if you have created a site with the latter. In this way, the site will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.
CNAME Records in Website Hosting
Creating a CNAME record using our Linux website hosting is really simple. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel has a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domains, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted inside your account in only a few simple steps. You'll find a video tutorial in the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature provides you with many opportunities - if you build a company site on our end, for example, the workers can use their e-mails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you want to create an Internet site by using a different company 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'll be able to create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and forward it to the main domain address, so all your clients will be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with every single one of our semi-dedicated server accounts, will allow you to create a CNAME record without difficulty. Whether you want to create a private URL for your e-mails, to redirect a domain name to a subdomain in the account or to forward a domain to another provider and use some third-party service which they provide, it won't take you more than 3 clicks to create this kind of record. All DNS records for the domain names and subdomains hosted within 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 choose the type of the record that you want to create and the hostname for which you are creating it, and then type in the actual record text. For your benefit, you can watch a short video within the CP regarding how to set up a CNAME record or you can follow the instructions in the help article, that is available in the DNS records section.