The term “hosting” doesn't describe just one service, but a variety of services which offer different functions to a domain. Having a website and e-mails, as an illustration, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. Actually, each and every domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which defines where the website for the domain address is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain. For 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 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. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will then be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind employing separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one company and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting

If you have a cloud hosting account with our company and you would like to move either your website or your e-mails to an alternative service provider, it is going to take you literally simply 2 mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you are going to be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you wish to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the standard two, it will not 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 each 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 indicates how long a record will remain active after it's modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting services, will permit 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 create new ones. Managing these records is incredibly easy since 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. Setting up a new one takes just a few more clicks and if you experience any troubles, you can check out our video tutorials 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 advanced enough to provide you with complete control of all records and to allow you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are moving your e-mails to a different service provider and they ask you to create more than two different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.