The definition of “hosting” does not describe a single service, but several services which offer various functions to a domain address. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two separate services although in the general case they come together, so most people see them as one single service. In fact, each and every domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the former 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 handles the emails for the domain. For example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Each 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 directed to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one service provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Web Hosting

If you have a cloud web hosting account from our company and you want to move either your site or your emails to an alternative service provider, it is going to take you literally simply two clicks to do it. 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 modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you decide to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default 2, it won't take more than a few clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a given MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you change or create will not take more than a few hours and if necessary, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which indicates how long a record will stay active after it is changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting CP, included with our semi-dedicated service, allows you to view the A and MX records for each of the domains or subdomains in your account and if necessary, to update any of them or create new ones. Controlling these records is incredibly easy since all domains/subdomains are going to 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 only a few more clicks and if you experience any issues, you can check out our instructional videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by people with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to provide you with full control over all records and to enable you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're moving your emails to a different provider and they ask you to create more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.