There are several ways to redirect a domain to an alternative domain or subdomain and one of them is by creating a CNAME record. If you own a domain and you have developed a site using some on-line service which provides you with a service subdomain, you could easily link the two by setting up a CNAME record for your-domain.com that points to subdomain.provider.com. What you are going to achieve by doing this is that www.your-domain.com will be in the Internet browser address bar while it opens the already mentioned website from the servers of the third-party provider. It is very important to know that if you create 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 provider and working e-mail address with another. The CNAME record is always an alpha string, not a number, and in some cases additional configuration may be necessary with the other provider.
CNAME Records in Web Hosting
Setting up a CNAME record using our Linux web hosting is quite easy. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel includes a section devoted 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 a couple of simple steps. You'll find a video tutorial in the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature offers you a number of possibilities - if you create a company website 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 want to set up a site through a different company which offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain 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 direct it to the main domain address, so all your customers will be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Managing DNS records usually seems to be a hard task to those with less experience, but the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with every single Linux semi-dedicated hosting which we provide, is very simple to use. If you would like to set up a CNAME record for any purpose, all you need to do will be to pick the domain address or subdomain that you need, pick the type of record, that will be CNAME in this case, then type in the value i.e. the domain or subdomain you are forwarding to. The procedure is very easy and you can create the record in the DNS Records section of the CP. Within the hour the new record is going to be 100 % active and within a couple of hours it is going to propagate around the globe. If you are not sure what you should do, we've prepared a comprehensive 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. Needless to say, you can also get in touch with us for help at any moment.