Setting up a CNAME record for any of the domains or subdomains you've got in a hosting account will enable you to point it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain will lose all its records - A, MX and so on, and will take the records of the domain name it is being directed to. In this light, you can't set up a CNAME record to point your domain name to a third-party company and keep a working email service with the first hosting company. Additionally, it is essential to know that a CNAME record is always a string of words rather than a number as it's commonly wrongly identified as the A record of the Internet domain being forwarded. One of the major uses of a CNAME record is to direct a domain address that you own through one provider to the servers of some other company assuming you have created an Internet site with the latter. This way, the site will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.
CNAME Records in Website Hosting
In case you have a website hosting plan from our company and you wish to set up a CNAME record, it will take you just a few clicks to make it happen. You can access the DNS records for all domain addresses and subdomains hosted in your account through the Hepsia CP that comes with each plan and adding a new record is as easy as clicking on a button, selecting the type, which is CNAME in this case, entering the actual record value and saving the modification. If you've never added such a record before, we have a Help section with a detailed video tutorial you can watch, or you can simply contact us and we will help you with this task. If you have created a website through another provider, you want to use a private URL for your webmail or you would like to designate a subdomain for use with the services of a different company, like Google Apps, all it takes is creating a CNAME record with a couple of mouse clicks in your Control Panel.