Setting up a CNAME record for any one of the domain names or subdomains that you've got in a hosting account will permit you to point it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all of its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the domain it is being redirected to. In this light, you can't set up a CNAME record to redirect your domain name to a third-party provider and maintain a working e-mail service with the first hosting company. Also, it is essential to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words rather than a number as it's commonly confused with the A record of the domain being forwarded. One of the major uses of a CNAME record is to forward a domain address you own through one company to the servers of another company if you have created an Internet site with the latter. That way, the Internet site will appear under your own domain, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Managing DNS records usually seems a difficult task to those with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with every single Linux semi-dedicated package which we offer, is extremely easy to use. If you'd like to set up a CNAME record for any purpose, all that you need to do will be to choose the domain or subdomain you need, select the type of record, that will be CNAME in this case, then type the value i.e. the domain address or subdomain you are forwarding to. The process is quite easy and you can create the record in the DNS Records section of the CP. Within the hour the new record will be 100 % active and within a few hours it is going to propagate worldwide. If you are not sure what you should do, we've prepared a comprehensive help article and a short video tutorial on how to go about creating a CNAME record and they are both located within that very same section of Hepsia. Of course, you can also get in touch with us for assistance at any moment.