The term “hosting” does not describe just one service, but several services that offer different functions to a domain address. Having a site and e-mails, as an illustration, are two separate services even though in the general case they come together, so many people consider them as one single service. In fact, every domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the site for the domain address is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain address. As an example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can 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 Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The reasoning behind working with 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 e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting

If you have a cloud website hosting account through our company and you want to switch either your website or your e-mails to a different company, it's going to take you literally simply 2 mouse clicks to do this. Our Hepsia Control Panel comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you're going to 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 create more MX records than the standard 2, it's not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You can even set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a certain MX record is going to have. The propagation of every record that you change or create isn't going to take more than a few hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that reveals how long a record will remain active after it is changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you purchase a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you're going to be able to view and edit the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains you host inside the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you will get to take care of the account, provides an sophisticated, although easy-to-use tool where all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you are going to be able to modify their records with no more than a few clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it will be just as simple - select the domain/subdomain, type in the IP address or mail server record and you'll be all set. You'll also be able to set different priority for the MX records which you create in case you decide to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to create additional records other than the two standard ones. In case you experience any problems, we've got a in-depth Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to create or change any record.