The term “hosting” does not describe one service, but a set of services that provide numerous functions to a domain address. Having a website and e-mails, as an example, are two individual services even though in the general case they come together, so most people consider them as one single service. In fact, every domain name has a couple 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 website for the domain address is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the e-mails for the domain. For instance, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a site or send an e-mail, 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 Internet browser request or the email will then be sent to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting

If you have a cloud hosting account with our company and you want to switch either your website or your emails to another company, it'll take you literally just two mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you want to use a different email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard two, it is not going to take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a certain MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or set up 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 shows how long a record will remain active after it's changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting CP, included with our semi-dedicated hosting plans, will permit you to view the A and MX records for any of the domain addresses or subdomains in your account and if needed, to change any of them or create new ones. Controlling these records is quite easy because all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so editing a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes just a couple of more clicks and in case you experience any difficulties, 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 no previous experience, yet advanced enough to give you complete 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 two different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.