The definition of “hosting” does not describe just one service, but a variety of services that provide different functions to a domain address. Having a site and e-mails, as an illustration, 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. In reality, every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the former 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 manages the e-mails for the domain. As an example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a site or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the e-mail will be forwarded to the correct server. The reasoning behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you may have your site hosted by one company and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting

If you have a shared hosting account with our company and you would like to direct either your site or your e-mails to an alternative provider, it's going to take you literally simply 2 mouse clicks to do it. 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 edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you want to use a different email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard two, it's not going to take more than a few clicks either to add them. You can even 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 each record that you change or create isn't going to take more than a few hours and if required, 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 changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, provided with our Linux semi-dedicated servers, will permit you to see the A and MX records for every one of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if required, to update any of them or create new ones. Controlling these records is incredibly easy since all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes only a few more clicks and if you experience any troubles, you can check out our video tutorials on how to create A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by individuals with little or no previous experience, yet advanced enough to provide you with complete control over all records and to permit you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are moving your e-mails to a different provider and they ask you to set up more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.