The word “hosting” does not describe one service, but a set of services that offer various functions to a domain. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two independent services though in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. The truth is, each domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the website for the domain address is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain name. As an illustration, an A record would be 18.104.22.168 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 directed to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will then be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one company and the e-mails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Web Hosting
If you have a cloud web hosting plan
from us, you are going to be able to see, create and modify any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. As long as a given domain has our Name Servers, you will be able to change certain records through our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or emails directed to any other company if you wish to use only one of our services. Our state-of-the-art tool will even permit you to have a domain hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted elsewhere by modifying only its A record - this will not affect the main domain name at all. If you decide to use the e-mail services of a different company and they want you to create more than two MX records, you can easily do this with simply a few clicks within the DNS Records section of your CP. You can also set different latency for each MX record i.e. which one is going to have priority.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with our semi-dedicated hosting plans
, will permit you to view the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if needed, to change any of them or create new ones. Managing these records is quite easy since all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes just a couple of more clicks and if you experience any problems, you can check out our video tutorials on how to create A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by people with little or no previous experience, yet advanced enough to give you full control over all records and to permit you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are switching your e-mails to a different provider and they ask you to set up more than two different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.