The word “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but several services which provide various functions to a domain address. Having a site and e-mails, for instance, are two independent services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so a lot of people consider them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which specifies 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. For example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would 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 has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will be sent to the correct server. The idea 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-mails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Web Hosting
If you have a cloud web hosting account with our company and you would like to move either your website or your e-mails to another service provider, it will take you literally only 2 clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you'll 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 set up more MX records than the standard 2, it will not 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 higher the priority a particular MX record is going to have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create is not going to take more than several hours and if necessary, 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 modified or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, provided with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting packages, will enable you to see the A and MX records for every one of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if needed, to edit any of them or set up new ones. Handling these records is very easy because all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so modifying a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes just a couple of more clicks and if you experience any problems, you can check out our educational videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by people with no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to offer 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 company and they ask you to create more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.