The definition of “hosting” does not describe a single service, but a set of services that offer a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, as an illustration, are two independent services although in the general case they come together, so most people see them as one single service. The truth is, each domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which defines where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain. For instance, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a site or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain address has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The idea behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Website Hosting

If you have a website hosting account with our company and you would like to direct either your site or your e-mails to an alternative company, it'll take you literally simply two mouse clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you'll be able to see and change the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you choose to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard 2, it's not going to take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. You can also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a certain MX record will have. The propagation of each record that you modify or create won't take more than several hours and if needed, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which indicates how long a record will remain active after it's modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

Accessing and changing the A or MX records for each of your domain names or subdomains is really easy if you get a semi-dedicated server plan from us. The accounts are managed using our in-house built Hepsia CP, which includes a section committed to the DNS records of your domains. The latter will be listed alphabetically and you could click on any of them to see both the A and the MX records. Editing any record will be as easy as typing in the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even when you have never dealt with such matters before, you will not encounter any problems if you decide to switch your site or emails to some other provider while keeping the second service with our company. When needed, you could also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority depending on the instructions of the new provider.