Setting up a CNAME record for each of the domain names or subdomains you have in the hosting account will allow you to direct it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all of its records - A, MX etc, and will take the records of the domain address it is being pointed to. In this light, you cannot set up a CNAME record to redirect your domain name to a third-party provider and retain a working e-mail service with the first hosting provider. Also, it is important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words rather than a number because it is commonly confused with the A record of the Internet domain being redirected. One of the major uses of a CNAME record is to point a domain address which you own through one company to the servers of another company if you have created a site with the latter. This way, the Internet site will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.
CNAME Records in Shared Hosting
Setting up a CNAME record using our Linux shared packages is extremely easy. Our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel 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 just a few simple steps. You will find a video tutorial in the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature gives you many opportunities - if you set up a company website on our end, for instance, the employees can use their emails with the company domain, not with the address of our mail server. If you wish to create an Internet site using a different company 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 on-line store and you have a billing system for http://your-domain.com and/or an SSL certificate, you could set up a CNAME record for the www subdomain and redirect it to the main domain, so all your clients will be forwarded to a secure URL.