Setting up a CNAME record for any one of the domains or subdomains you have in a hosting account will permit you to redirect it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain name will lose all of its records - A, MX and so on, and will take the records of the domain name it is being redirected to. In this light, you can't set up a CNAME record to redirect your domain to a third-party provider and maintain a working e-mail service with the first hosting company. It is also essential to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words and never a number because it is generally mistaken for the A record of the Internet domain being redirected. One of the main uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain which you own through one company to the servers of some other provider if you have created a website with the latter. That way, the Internet site will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party company.
CNAME Records in Cloud Web Hosting
Creating a CNAME record with our cloud web hosting is quite easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section dedicated 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 a couple of basic steps. You can find a video tutorial within the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature gives you many opportunities - if you build a company website on our end, as an illustration, the employees can use their emails with the company domain, not with the address of our mail server. If you decide to create a site using a different provider that offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain address hosted here and use it for the site. Last, but not least, in case you have an online store and you have a billing system for and/or an SSL certificate, you may create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and direct it to the main domain address, so all your clients will be forwarded to a secure URL.