The word “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but a set of services that provide various functions to a domain. Having a website and e-mails, for instance, are two individual services even 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 deals with each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which defines where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain address. 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 address has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you could have your site hosted by one service provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting

If you have a web hosting account from our company and you want to switch either your website or your emails to an alternative service provider, it will take you literally simply two mouse clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP offers 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 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 can also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a certain MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create won't take more than a few hours and if needed, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which shows how long a record will remain active after it is modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting, will enable you to see the A and MX records for any of the domains or subdomains in your account and if required, to edit any of them or create new ones. Managing these records is very easy as all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes only a few more clicks and in case you experience any troubles, 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 people with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to offer you complete control over all records and to allow you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're moving your e-mails to a different company and they ask you to set up more than 2 different MX records, you can select the priority of each one.