There are lots of ways to direct a domain name to an alternative domain or subdomain and one of them is by creating a CNAME record. In case you own a domain name and you have developed a website using some online service that provides you with a service subdomain, you can easily link the two by creating a CNAME record for your-domain.com that points to subdomain.provider.com. What you are going to achieve with this is that www.your-domain.com is going to be in the Internet browser address bar while it opens the already mentioned site from the servers of the third-party company. You should know that if you set up a CNAME record, any other records your domain name may have will stop working, so you can't have both a CNAME record pointing to one company and working e-mail address with another one. The CNAME record is always an alpha string, not a number, and often further configuration may be needed with the other provider.
CNAME Records in Shared Web Hosting
Setting up a CNAME record with our shared web hosting packages is extremely simple. Our in-house built Hepsia CP has 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. You can find a video tutorial in the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature offers you various possibilities - if you create a company site on our end, for example, the employees can use their e-mails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you decide to set up a website by using a different company which offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain address hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, in case you have a web-based store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you could create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and forward it to the main domain address, so all your customers will be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server through our company and you wish to create a CNAME record, it will require only a couple of clicks to complete this task. The plans are managed using our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel where you will see a section dedicated to the DNS records of the domain addresses and subdomains hosted inside the account. To set up a CNAME record, you will simply have to pick the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), type in where the latter will be forwarded to and save the change. The new record is going to be active almost right away in our system and will propagate worldwide within a couple of hours. Changing or deleting an existing CNAME record in the account is just as easy and takes a click. In the event you experience any troubles, you can go through our in-depth help article, watch the short video on the topic that we have added in the CP, or you can simply contact us for help.