The definition of “hosting” does not describe a single service, but a set of services that provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, for example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people think of them as one single service. Actually, each domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain name. As an example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a site or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain address has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will then be directed to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting

If you have a cloud hosting account from our company and you want to move either your website or your e-mails to a different company, it's going to take you literally simply two clicks to do so. 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'll be able to see and change 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 2, it is not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a given 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 required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which indicates how long a record will stay active after it is changed or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, provided with our semi-dedicated packages, will permit you to see the A and MX records for any of the domains or subdomains in your account and if required, to update any of them or set up new ones. Handling these records is very easy as all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so modifying 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 issues, you can check out our instructional videos on how to create A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by people with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to give you complete control over all records and to permit you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are moving your emails to a different provider and they ask you to create more than 2 different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.