There are many ways to point a domain address to an alternative domain or subdomain and one of them is by creating a CNAME record. When you own a domain and you've created a site through some online service which supplies you with a service subdomain, you could easily link the two by creating a CNAME record for your-domain.com that points to subdomain.provider.com. What you will achieve by doing this is that www.your-domain.com will be in the 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 set up a CNAME record, any other records your domain name may have will stop functioning, so you can't have both a CNAME record pointing to one company and working email addresses with a different one. The CNAME record is always an alpha string, not a number, and sometimes further configuration may be necessary with the other provider.

CNAME Records in Web Hosting

Creating a CNAME record with our Linux web hosting is quite easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section committed to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can create a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted in your account in just a few simple steps. There is also a video tutorial in the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature gives you a number of possibilities - if you build a company website on our end, for example, the employees can use their e-mails with the company domain name, not with the address of our mail server. If you want to set up a website using a different provider which offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain address hosted here and use it for the site. 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 could create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and point it to the main domain, so all your visitors are going to be forwarded to a secure URL.

CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server with our company and you want to create a CNAME record, it takes only a couple of clicks to complete this task. The plans are managed using our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel where you will find a section dedicated to the DNS records of the domains and subdomains hosted within the account. To set up a CNAME record, you'll only have to pick the record type and the hostname (domain or subdomain), enter where the latter is going to be redirected to and save the change. The new record will be active almost immediately in our system and will propagate worldwide within a couple of hours. Changing or deleting an existing CNAME record within the account is just as easy and takes a click. In case you experience any problems, you can go through our comprehensive help article, see the short video on the topic that we have added in the Control Panel, or you can just contact us for assistance.