The word “hosting” does not describe only one service, but several services that provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, as an illustration, are two individual services although in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. In fact, each and every domain name has a number 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 specifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the e-mails for the domain. For instance, 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 domain name has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will then be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind employing separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting

If you have a web hosting account from our company and you want to switch either your site or your e-mails 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 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 wish to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the standard 2, it won't take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. You could 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 every record that you modify or set up will not take more than a few hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which shows how long a record will stay active after it's modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting CP, provided with our semi-dedicated hosting packages, will permit you to see the A and MX records for each of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if necessary, to update any of them or create new ones. Controlling these records is incredibly easy as all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes just a couple of more clicks and in case you experience any issues, you can check out our instructional videos on how to create A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by people with no previous experience, yet advanced enough to offer you full control over all records and to permit you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are moving your emails to a different company and they ask you to set up more than two different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.