The definition of “hosting” does not describe only one service, but a variety of services that offer a variety of functions to a domain. Having a website and emails, as an example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. The truth is, each domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that defines where the site for the domain address is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain. For instance, an A record is 188.8.131.52 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a website or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. In case 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 using separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Web Hosting
If you have a cloud web hosting
account through our company and you wish to move either your website or your emails to a different provider, it'll take you literally just 2 clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP 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 modify 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 will not 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 higher the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or set up is not going to take more than several hours and if necessary, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that reveals how long a record will stay active after it is changed or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with our semi-dedicated servers
, allows you to see the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if necessary, to edit any of them or create new ones. Managing these records is quite easy because all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so editing a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes just a few more clicks and in case you experience any issues, you can check out our educational videos 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 give you complete control over all records and to allow you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are switching your emails to a different company and they ask you to set up more than 2 different MX records, you can select the priority of each one.