The word “hosting” doesn't describe a particular service, but a set of services which offer a variety of functions to a domain address. Having a website and e-mails, as an illustration, are two individual services though in the general case they come together, so many people consider them as one single service. The truth is, every single domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the website for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain name. For example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would 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 name 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 email will then be directed to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you can 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 want to switch either your website or your emails to an alternative company, it is going to take you literally simply two 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 change 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 create more MX records than the standard 2, it will not take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. You can also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a certain MX record is going to have. The propagation of every record that you modify or create is not going to take more than several hours and if necessary, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which reveals how long a record will remain active after it is modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you buy a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you're going to be able to see and edit the A and MX records for each of the domains or subdomains you host within the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you will get to take care of the account, provides an innovative, although easy-to-use tool in which all hosts are going to be listed in alphabetical order and you'll be able to change their records with no more than a few mouse clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it will be just as easy - select the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you're going to be ready. You will also be able to set different priority for the MX records which you create in case you want to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to create additional records apart from the 2 standard ones. If you ever encounter any problems, you will find a comprehensive Help section with videos in which you can see first-hand how to setup or change any record.