The word “hosting” doesn't describe a particular service, but a number of services that offer numerous functions to a domain. Having a website and emails, for example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so many people see them as one single service. In reality, every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain address. As an example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a site 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. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the email will be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services work with 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 from our company and you wish to direct either your site or your emails to an alternative provider, it will take you literally just 2 clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP offers 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 change 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 set up more MX records than the default two, it's not going to take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. You can also 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 each record that you modify or set up won't 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's changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

With the Linux semi-dedicated hosting plans which we provide, you're 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 using the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting CP and modifying any record requires just a couple of mouse clicks. If you want to change your web or e-mail hosting provider, you can update the required record and direct your domain to the other company for one of the services, while you still keep using the other one through us. You could also keep the main domain name here, while you edit the A record of only one of its subdomains. When you're changing the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the default 2 that we have, you could create them with ease and set a different priority for every single one.