The word “hosting” doesn't describe just one service, but a number of services which provide various functions to a domain address. Having a website and emails, as an illustration, are two individual services even though in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. In reality, every single domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the website for the domain address is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain. For example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a website or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain name has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the email will then be forwarded to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting

If you have a shared website hosting account from our company and you wish to direct either your site or your emails to another service provider, it will take you literally only 2 mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you decide to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default two, it is not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a given MX record is going to have. The propagation of each record that you change or create is not going to take more than several hours and if needed, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that shows how long a record will remain active after it is changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

Accessing and editing the A or MX records for any one of your domain addresses or subdomains is extremely easy if you get a semi-dedicated server plan from us. The accounts are managed using our in-house built Hepsia CP, which features a section devoted to the DNS records of your domains. The latter will be listed alphabetically and you could click on each of them to see both the A and the MX records. Modifying any record will be as easy as entering the new one in a text box and saving the change, so in case you have never dealt with such matters before, you won't encounter any problems if you wish to move your site or emails to an alternative company while keeping the second service with our company. If needed, you may also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority based on the instructions of the new provider.