There are lots of ways to redirect a domain address to an alternative domain or subdomain and one of them is by setting up a CNAME record. If you own a domain and you've developed a site through some online service that provides you with a service subdomain, you could easily link the two by setting up a CNAME record for your-domain.com that directs to subdomain.provider.com. What you are going to achieve as a result is that www.your-domain.com is going to be in the web 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 create a CNAME record, any other records your domain address may have will stop working, so you can't have both a CNAME record pointing to one company and working email addresses with another one. The CNAME record is always an alpha string, not a number, and often additional configuration may be necessary with the other company.
CNAME Records in Hosting
Setting up a CNAME record using our hosting is extremely simple. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel features a section committed to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted within your account in only a few simple steps. You can find a video tutorial inside the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature provides you with many possibilities - if you set up a company site on our end, for instance, the staff can use their e-mails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you choose to create a site through a different company which offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain name 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 set up a CNAME record for the www subdomain and redirect it to the main domain name, so all your customers are going to be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Managing DNS records usually seems a tough task to those with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with each semi-dedicated server that we provide, is quite easy to use. If you'd like to create a CNAME record for any purpose, all you have to do will be to select the domain name or subdomain you need, choose the type of record, which will be CNAME in this case, then input the value i.e. the domain address or subdomain you are forwarding to. The procedure is very simple and you can create the record in the DNS Records section of the Control Panel. Within the hour the new record will be completely active and within a few hours it'll propagate around the world. If you are not sure what you have to do, we have prepared a detailed help article and a short video tutorial on how to go about creating a CNAME record and they're both located in that same section of Hepsia. Of course, you can also get in touch with us for assistance at any time.