I manage a domain via my registrar's site. I have MX records set up with Google Apps, and CNAME records which point to a forum, some web comics I make, and some blogs. After finding 000webhost I figured I would try to host a site of my very own. The thought had crossed my mind in the past, but I am hesitant to buy hosting before I have a chance to try it out.
This thread was started by someone who wished to continue using the registrar's zone record management. Following the advice in that thread I created a record like MYDOMAIN.COM A XX.XX.XX.XX where the X's represent my 000webhost account IP address +1. When I browse to my naked domain I see the contents of the index.html file I uploaded here at 000webhost, so I know that part works. Because I didn't touch my CNAME records, I can still access my blogs, etc. with the subdomains I have always had.
I noticed 000webhost's free service says I may use 5 subdomains. I set up one subdomain using the "Subdomains" thing in the control panel. I then went to the "File Manager" where I found a folder matching the name I used for my subdomain. I uploaded my index.html file there as well, this time giving it a different title. When I go to MYDOMAIN.COM/MYSUB I see the new copy of index.html with the new title. When I go to MYSUB.MYDOMAIN.COM, however, I see a page from my registrar saying the subdomain does not exist.
If I wish to use this as a subdomain, do I have to make a CNAME record pointed to MYSUB.MYDOMAIN.COM CNAME ...um...? CNAME records cannot have slashes in them so I cannot point it to MYDOMAIN.COM/MYSUB.
Should I set up a NS record pointed to 000webhost? Then if the subdomain isn't found among my CNAME records would it look at my 000webhost account? If I set up a NS record, would the CNAME records defined at my registrar's site still work? I guess I don't understand the difference between creating a NS record and simply telling my registrar "Point everything to 000webhost!" Is there a difference?
Any guidance will be greatly appreciated. If there is another thread or article somewhere which explains this, please post a link because I wasn't able to find anything which seemed to match my scenario. Thank you!