The term “hosting” does not describe only one service, but several services which offer a variety of functions to a domain. Having a website and emails, as an example, are two individual services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. The truth is, each domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the e-mails for the domain. For example, an A record would be 22.214.171.124 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 address has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. In case 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 may have your website hosted by one provider and the e-mail messages by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting
If you have a web hosting
account from our company and you want to direct either your website or your e-mails to an alternative provider, it's going to take you literally just 2 mouse clicks to do so. Our Hepsia Control Panel 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 modify 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 standard 2, it is not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a given MX record will have. The propagation of every record that you modify or create won't take more than several hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that shows how long a record will stay active after it is changed or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Accessing and changing the A or MX records for any one of your domain addresses or subdomains is really easy if you buy a semi-dedicated server
plan through our company. The accounts are managed via our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which has a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain names. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you may click on any one of them to see both the A and the MX records. Modifying any record is as easy as typing in the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters before, you simply won't experience any issues if you decide to point your website or e-mails to an alternative provider while keeping the second service with our company. When needed, you may also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority based on the recommendations of the new provider.