Creating a CNAME record for any one of the domains or subdomains you've got in the hosting account will permit you to forward it to a different domain/subdomain. The forwarded domain name will lose all of its records - A, MX and so forth, and will take the records of the domain it is being redirected to. In this light, you simply can't create a CNAME record to point your domain name to a third-party company and maintain a functional email service with the first hosting company. Also, it is important to note that a CNAME record is always a string of words and never a number as it's often confused with the A record of the domain address being redirected. One of the primary uses of a CNAME record is to point a domain name which you own through one company to the servers of another company assuming you have created a site with the latter. That way, the website will appear under your own domain address, not under some subdomain provided by the third-party provider.
CNAME Records in Website Hosting
Setting up a CNAME record using our Linux website hosting is quite easy. Our in-house built Hepsia CP features a section committed to the DNS records of your domains, so you can set up a new CNAME record for any domain or subdomain hosted in your account in just a few simple steps. There is also a video tutorial within the same section in which you can see the process first-hand. This feature offers you various options - if you set up a company website 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 decide to create a site through a different company that offers online web design services, you can easily forward a domain address hosted here and use it for the website. 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 are able to create a CNAME record for the www subdomain and forward it to the main domain, so all your clients are going to be forwarded to a secure URL.
CNAME Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with each of our semi-dedicated server accounts, will allow you to create a CNAME record easily. If you want to create a private URL for your emails, to redirect a domain address to a subdomain in the account or to forward a domain name to another provider and use some third-party service which they provide, it's not going to require more than three clicks to create this type of record. All DNS records for the domain names and subdomains hosted in the semi-dedicated account are going to be listed in a separate section in the Control Panel, so once you are there, all you will have to do will be to select the type of the record that you want to create and the hostname for which you are creating it, and then type in the actual record text. For your convenience, you can see a short video within the Control Panel regarding how to set up a CNAME record or you can refer to the instructions in the help article, that is available in the DNS records section.