There are various ways to point a domain name to an alternative domain or subdomain and one of them is by setting up a CNAME record. In case you own a domain and you have set up a website 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 directs to subdomain.provider.com. What you are going to achieve in this way is that www.your-domain.com is going to be in the Internet browser address bar while it opens the already mentioned website from the servers of the third-party provider. You should know that if you set up a CNAME record, any other records your domain address 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 often further configuration may be required with the other provider.

CNAME Records in Cloud Hosting

Creating a CNAME record using our Linux cloud hosting is quite easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain names, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted within your account in a couple of basic steps. There is also a video tutorial within the same section where you can see the process first-hand. This feature provides you with various possibilities - if you build a company site on our end, as an illustration, the staff can use their emails with the company domain address, not with the address of our mail server. If you want to set up a website using a different provider that offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain name hosted here and use it for the site. Last, but not least, if you have an on-line store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you are able to set up a CNAME record for the www subdomain and forward it to the main domain address, so all your customers are going to be forwarded to a secure URL.