The word “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a set of services that provide different functions to a domain name. Having a site and e-mails, for instance, are two independent services although in the general case they come together, so most of the 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 handles each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the e-mails for the domain. As an illustration, an A record is 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 domain 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 email will then be directed to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one company and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting

If you have a cloud hosting account through our company and you want to switch either your site or your emails to an alternative provider, it is going to take you literally simply two clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and edit 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 two, it is not going to take more than a couple of mouse 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 is going to have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create is not going to take more than several 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 Servers

Accessing and editing the A or MX records for any of your domain addresses or subdomains is extremely easy if you get a semi-dedicated server plan from us. The accounts are handled using our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which includes a section committed to the DNS records of your domain addresses. The latter will be listed alphabetically and you can click on any of them to see both the A and the MX records. Changing any record is as simple as entering the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even when you have never dealt with such matters before, you'll not experience any troubles if you wish to switch your site or e-mails to some other company while keeping the second service with our company. If required, you may also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority in accordance with the recommendations of the new provider.