The word “hosting” does not describe one service, but several services which offer a variety of functions to a domain address. Having a website and emails, as an example, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so many people see them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which defines where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain name. For example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a website or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will then be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one company and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting

If you have a web hosting account through our company and you would like to switch either your website or your emails to an alternative service provider, it will take you literally simply 2 clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains 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 email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default two, it's not going to take more than a few clicks either to add them. You could 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 modify or set up 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 changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

Accessing and modifying the A or MX records for any of your domain addresses or subdomains is really easy if you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan from our company. The accounts are handled using our in-house built Hepsia CP, which features a section committed to the DNS records of your domain names. The latter will be listed alphabetically and you may click on each of them to see both the A and the MX records. Changing any record will be as easy as entering the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters before, you'll not encounter any problems if you decide to move your site or emails to some other company while keeping the second service with our company. When required, you could also create additional MX records and set a certain priority depending on the instructions of the new provider.