There are many ways to point a domain address to a different domain or subdomain and one of them is by creating a CNAME record. If you own a domain name and you have developed a site using some online service that provides you with a service subdomain, you can easily link the two by setting up a CNAME record for your-domain.com that directs to subdomain.provider.com. What you'll achieve with this is that www.your-domain.com will be in the Internet browser address bar while it opens the already mentioned site from the servers of the third-party provider. It is important to know that if you create a CNAME record, any other records your domain may have will stop functioning, so you cannot have both a CNAME record directing to one company and working e-mail address with a different one. The CNAME record is always an alpha string, not a number, and often more configuration may be required with the other company.

CNAME Records in Shared Hosting

Setting up a CNAME record using our shared hosting plans is quite easy. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel features a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain addresses, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted in your account in a couple of 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 employees can use their emails with the company domain name, not with the address of our mail server. If you want to set up a website through a different provider which offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain address hosted here and use it for the website. Last, but not least, if you have a web-based store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you may set up a CNAME record for the www subdomain and redirect it to the main domain name, so all your visitors will be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server with our company and you want to set up a CNAME record, it will require only a few mouse clicks to complete this task. The plans are managed using our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel in which you will find a section devoted to the DNS records of the domain addresses and subdomains hosted in the account. To set up a CNAME record, you will only have to choose the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), key in where the latter is going to be pointed to and save the change. The new record will be active almost right away in our system and will propagate worldwide within a few hours. Changing or deleting an existing CNAME record inside the account is equally simple and takes a click. If you experience any problems, you can go through our comprehensive help article, watch the short video on the topic that we have added in the Control Panel, or you can just contact us for assistance.