The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe a particular service, but a variety of services that offer different functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people consider them as one single service. The truth is, every domain name has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain. For instance, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 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 directed to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will then be directed to the correct server. The idea behind employing separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting

If you have a shared hosting account through our company and you would like to direct either your website or your e-mails to another service provider, it is going to take you literally just two clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and change the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you wish to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default two, it's not going to take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. You can even set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a given MX record will have. The propagation of every record that you change or set up isn't going to take more than several hours and if required, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will stay active after it's changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting packages, allows you to see the A and MX records for every one of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if required, to update any of them or set up new ones. Handling these records is incredibly easy since all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so updating 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 video tutorials on how to create A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by individuals with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to offer you complete control of all records and to allow you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're switching your e-mails to a different provider and they ask you to set up more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.