The definition of “hosting” does not describe only one service, but a set of services which offer various functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, as an example, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. Actually, each and every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, which defines where the website for the domain address is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the e-mails for the domain address. As an illustration, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Each time 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. When you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting

If you have a shared hosting account from our company and you want to point either your site or your emails to another provider, it will take you literally only 2 mouse clicks to do it. 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'll be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you decide to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the standard two, it's not going to take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. You can also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of every record that you change or set up 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 indicates how long a record will remain active after it is modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you're going to be able to view and update the A and MX records for any of the domain addresses or subdomains which you host within the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you will get to handle the account, comes with an sophisticated, though easy-to-use tool in which all hosts are going to be listed in alphabetical order and you'll be able to modify their records with no more than several clicks. If you have to create a new record, it'll be equally easy - choose the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you will be ready. You will also be able to set different priority for the MX records you create in case you decide to use a third-party email provider and they ask you to create additional records apart from the 2 default ones. If you experience any troubles, we have a comprehensive Help section with videos in which you can see first-hand how to create or change any record.