There are various ways to point a domain to an alternative domain or subdomain and one of them is by creating a CNAME record. In case you own a domain and you've set up a website through some online service which 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 is going to be in the browser address bar while it opens the already mentioned site from the servers of the third-party company. It is essential 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 directing to one company and functioning e-mail address with another one. The CNAME record is always an alpha string, not a number, and often further configuration may be needed with the other company.

CNAME Records in Cloud Web Hosting

Creating a CNAME record with our Linux cloud web hosting services is really easy. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel has 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 inside your account in only a few basic steps. There is also a video tutorial inside the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature gives you various opportunities - if you set up a company site on our end, for example, the staff can use their emails with the company domain, not with the address of our mail server. If you choose to set up a site using a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily redirect a domain hosted here and use it for the site. Last, but not least, in case you have a web-based store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you may create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and direct it to the main domain name, so all your clients are going to be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server from our company and you would like to create a CNAME record, it requires only a couple of mouse clicks to complete this task. The plans are managed using our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel in which you will discover a section committed to the DNS records of the domains and subdomains hosted inside the account. To create a CNAME record, you will simply have to pick the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), type where the latter will be pointed to and save the change. The new record is going to be active almost immediately in our system and will propagate worldwide within several hours. Changing or deleting an existing CNAME record in the account is just as simple and easy and takes a click. In case you experience any difficulties, you can go through our comprehensive help article, see the short video on the subject that we have added in the CP, or just contact us for assistance.