The term “hosting” doesn't describe one service, but a number of services which offer a variety of functions to a domain address. Having a site and emails, for instance, are two individual services even though in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. The truth is, every single domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that defines where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain address. As an example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a website or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will then be directed to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting

If you have a cloud hosting account through our company and you would like to point either your website or your emails to an alternative service provider, it's going to take you literally simply two mouse clicks to do this. Our Hepsia Control Panel provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you'll be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you decide to use a different email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default two, it will not take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a particular MX record is going to have. The propagation of each record that you modify or create will not take more than a few hours and if required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will remain active after it's changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

With the semi-dedicated hosting plans which we provide, you are going to have complete control over the records of all domains and subdomains that you add in your hosting account. You can easily check what A and MX records every one of them has via the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and changing any record requires just a few mouse clicks. If you choose to switch your web or e-mail hosting provider, you can change the required record and direct your domain name to the other company for one of the services, as you still continue using the other one through us. You could also keep the main domain here, while you modify the A record of only one of its subdomains. In case you are modifying the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the standard 2 we have, you can create them with ease and set a different priority for every one.