The word “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a number of services that provide numerous functions to a domain. Having a website and e-mails, as an example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that identifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain. For instance, an A record would be 22.214.171.124 and an MX record is 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 forwarded to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind employing separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting
If you have a cloud website hosting account through our company and you would like to direct either your site or your e-mails to another company, it's going to take you literally simply two mouse clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names 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 want to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default 2, it's not going to take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of each record that you change or create won't take more than several hours and if needed, 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's modified or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting CP, provided with our semi-dedicated servers
, will permit you to view the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if needed, to change any of them or set up new ones. Handling these records is very easy since all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so modifying a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes a few more clicks and in case you experience any troubles, you can check out our instructional videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by individuals with no previous experience, yet advanced enough to provide you with complete control of all records and to permit you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're moving your emails to a different service provider and they ask you to create more than two different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.