The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but a number of services that provide different functions to a domain address. Having a site and emails, for example, are two independent services though in the general case they come together, so most people consider them as one single service. Actually, each domain has a couple 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, which specifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain address. As an example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a site 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 directed to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will then be forwarded to the correct server. The reasoning behind working with separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you may have your site hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Hosting

If you have a hosting account with our company and you wish to direct either your site or your emails to an alternative provider, it's going to take you literally only 2 clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and change 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 won't take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. You can even set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a particular MX record is going to have. The propagation of any record that you change or set up will not take more than several hours and if necessary, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which indicates how long a record will remain active after it is changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

Accessing and changing the A or MX records for any of your domain addresses or subdomains is very easy if you get a semi-dedicated server plan from our company. The accounts are handled through our in-house built Hepsia CP, which includes a section committed to the DNS records of your domain addresses. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you could click on each of them to see both the A and the MX records. Editing 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 experience any problems if you wish to switch your website or e-mails to another company while keeping the second service with our company. When required, you could also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority based on the recommendations of the new provider.