The definition of “hosting” does not describe only one service, but a number of services which offer different functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, as an illustration, are two individual services though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people consider 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 first one 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 handles the emails for the domain name. 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 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 forwarded to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the email will then be sent to the correct server. The reasoning behind working with separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Website Hosting

If you have a website hosting account through our company and you want to point either your website or your emails to another service provider, it is going to take you literally just two clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you will 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 two, it is not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You can even set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a certain MX record is going to have. The propagation of every record that you modify or set up will not 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 stay active after it is changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you buy a semi-dedicated server plan through us, you are going to be able to see and change the A and MX records for any one of the domain names or subdomains you host inside the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you will get to control the account, comes with an innovative, though easy-to-use tool in which all hosts are going to be listed in alphabetical order and you will be able to modify their records with no more than several clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it's going to be equally simple - select the domain/subdomain, type in the IP address or mail server record and you'll be all set. Additionally, you will be able to set different priority for the MX records which you create in case you choose to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to set up additional records aside from the two default ones. In case you experience any difficulties, we have a in-depth Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to setup or modify any record.