The word “hosting” doesn't describe a particular service, but a variety of services that offer different functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, as an example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. Actually, each and every domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the website for the domain name is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain name. As an illustration, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a website or send an email, 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. If you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the email will be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you may have your site hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Hosting

If you have a hosting account through our company and you wish to move either your site or your emails to an alternative provider, it'll take you literally simply 2 mouse clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP comes with 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 wish to use a different email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard two, it won't take more than a few clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a certain MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create is not going to take more than a few hours and if necessary, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will stay active after it is modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, included with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting, will allow you to view the A and MX records for any of the domains or subdomains in your account and if required, to change any of them or create new ones. Handling these records is quite easy because all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes just a few more clicks and if you experience any issues, you can check out our educational videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by people with little or no previous experience, yet advanced enough to give you complete control of all records and to permit you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are pointing your emails to a different provider and they ask you to set up more than two different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.