The word “hosting” doesn't describe a single service, but a number of services which provide numerous functions to a domain. Having a site and e-mails, for example, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so many people see them as one single service. In reality, every single domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which identifies 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. As an illustration, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a website or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will be directed to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Hosting

If you have a hosting account through our company and you want to move either your website or your emails to another provider, it will take you literally just two clicks to do this. Our Hepsia Control Panel offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will 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 email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default 2, it is not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You may also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a given MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you change or create won't take more than a few hours and if necessary, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will remain active after it is modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

With the Linux semi-dedicated packages we provide, you are going to have total control over the records of all domain addresses and subdomains you add in your hosting account. You can easily check what A and MX records each one of them has via the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and modifying any record takes as little as a few clicks. If you want to switch your web or e-mail hosting provider, you can edit the required record and point your domain name to the other company for one of the services, as you still keep using the other one through us. You can also keep the main domain here, while you modify the A record of only one of its subdomains. In case you are editing the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the standard 2 we have, you could create them with ease and set a different priority for each one.