The term “hosting” does not describe just one service, but a number of services that offer different functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, as an example, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. The truth is, every domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain name. As an example, an A record is 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 browser request or the e-mail will be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind working with separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one provider and the emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Web Hosting
If you have a shared web hosting account through our company and you wish to move either your site or your emails to an alternative company, it's going to take you literally only two clicks to do it. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you will be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you choose to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default 2, it is not going to take more than a few clicks either to add them. You can 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 change or set up will not take more than several hours and if necessary, you will 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 Servers
The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, included with our Linux semi-dedicated servers, will allow you to see the A and MX records for each of the domains or subdomains in your account and if needed, to edit any of them or create new ones. Handling these records is quite easy as all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so editing a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes just a few more clicks and if you experience any issues, you can check out our video tutorials on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by individuals with little or no previous experience, yet advanced 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 moving your emails to a different service provider and they ask you to set up more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.