There are several ways to point a domain name to an alternative domain or subdomain and one of them is by setting up a CNAME record. If you own a domain and you have developed a website using some online service which provides you with a service subdomain, you can easily link the two by creating a CNAME record for your-domain.com that directs to subdomain.provider.com. What you are going to achieve with this is that www.your-domain.com will be in the web browser address bar while it opens the already mentioned Internet site from the servers of the third-party company. It is very important to know that if you create a CNAME record, any other records your domain address may have will stop functioning, so you can't have both a CNAME record pointing to one company and functioning e-mail address with another. The CNAME record is always an alpha string, not a number, and sometimes further configuration may be required with the other provider.
CNAME Records in Cloud Website Hosting
Creating a CNAME record through our cloud website hosting is quite simple. Our in-house built Hepsia CP features a section committed 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 will 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 create a company site on our end, for instance, the workers can use their e-mails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you wish to set up a site by using a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, in case 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 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 Servers
Managing DNS records usually seems a tough task to people with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with each and every semi-dedicated server that we provide, is quite easy to use. If you need to create a CNAME record for any purpose, all that you have to do will be to pick the domain name or subdomain that you need, choose the type of record, that will be CNAME in this case, then input the value i.e. the domain name 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 100 % active and within a couple of hours it will propagate worldwide. If you're not sure what you should do, we've prepared a detailed help article and a short video tutorial concerning how to go about creating a CNAME record and they are both located in that very same section of Hepsia. Of course, you can also get in touch with us for help at any time.