There are numerous ways to direct a domain to a different domain or subdomain and one of them is by setting up a CNAME record. When you own a domain and you have developed a website using some online service which supplies you with a service subdomain, you can easily link the two by setting up a CNAME record for your-domain.com that redirects to subdomain.provider.com. What you will achieve with this is that www.your-domain.com will be in the Internet browser address bar while it opens the already mentioned Internet site from the servers of the third-party provider. You should know that if you set up a CNAME record, any other records your domain name may have will stop functioning, so you cannot have both a CNAME record pointing to one provider and functioning e-mail address with another. The CNAME record is always an alpha string, not a number, and sometimes more configuration may be required with the other provider.

CNAME Records in Shared Hosting

Creating a CNAME record using our shared hosting is really easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted in your account in just a few simple steps. There is also a video tutorial inside the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature provides you with many opportunities - if you create a company site on our end, for instance, the staff can use their emails with the company domain name, not with the address of our mail server. If you choose to set up a site by using a different provider that offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain address hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, if you have an on-line 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 point it to the main domain, so all your clients will be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with each of our semi-dedicated server accounts, will allow you to set up a CNAME record without difficulty. When you want to create a private URL for your e-mails, to redirect a domain to a subdomain within 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 three mouse clicks to create this type of 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 are there, all you will have to do will be to pick 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 convenience, you can watch a short video in the Control Panel regarding how to set up a CNAME record or you can follow the instructions in the help article, which is available in the DNS records section.