The word “hosting” does not describe one service, but several services that offer numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. Actually, each and every domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with 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 manages the e-mails for the domain name. For example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is 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 domain has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will be sent to the correct server. The concept behind employing separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting

If you have a shared hosting account through our company and you want to direct either your site or your emails to an alternative service provider, it is going to take you literally just 2 clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel comes with 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 decide 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 couple of clicks either to add them. You can even set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a certain MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create is not going to take more than several hours and if required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will stay active after it is changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

With the semi-dedicated servers which we provide, you are going to have full control over the records of all domain names and subdomains which you add in your hosting account. You can easily check what A and MX records every one of them has from the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting CP and editing any record requires just a couple of mouse clicks. If you want to switch your web or email hosting provider, you can edit the required record and point your domain name to the other service provider for one of the services, as you still keep using the other one through us. You can also keep the main domain name here, while you modify the A record of only one of its subdomains. In case you are modifying the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the default 2 we have, you can create them with ease and set a different priority for each one.