The word “hosting” does not describe only one service, but a number of services that offer different functions to a domain. Having a website and emails, for example, are two separate services even though in the general case they come together, so most people see them as one single service. The truth is, every single domain name has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the e-mails for the domain. For example, an A record would be 18.104.22.168 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each 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. When you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the e-mail will be directed to the correct server. The idea behind using separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you may have your site hosted by one company and the e-mails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting
If you have a shared website hosting
account with our company and you would like to direct either your website or your emails to an alternative provider, it will take you literally just two clicks to do this. Our Hepsia Control Panel comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you'll be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you choose to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the standard two, it's not going to take more than a few clicks either to add them. You can also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create isn't going to take more than several hours and if needed, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which shows how long a record will stay active after it is changed or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you purchase a semi-dedicated server
plan through our company, you're going to be able to view and update the A and MX records for every one of the domain addresses or subdomains you host inside the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you will get to handle the account, offers an state-of-the-art, albeit easy-to-use tool in which all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you are going to be able to change their records with no more than a couple of clicks. If you have to create a new record, it will be just as easy - pick the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you'll be ready. Additionally, you will be able to set different priority for the MX records you create in case that you want to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to create additional records aside from the 2 standard ones. In case you encounter any issues, you will find a detailed Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to setup or edit any record.