The term “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but several services that provide different functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, as an example, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so many people consider them as one single service. The truth is, every domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which defines where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the e-mails for the domain. For example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can 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 domain has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will 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 website hosted by one provider and the emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Hosting
If you have a hosting account with our company and you want to direct either your site or your e-mails to an alternative company, it will take you literally simply two mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you will be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you decide to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default 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 greater the priority a given MX record is going to have. The propagation of any record that you change or set up won't take more than several hours and if required, 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 Hosting
Accessing and changing the A or MX records for any one of your domain names or subdomains is incredibly easy if you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan from us. The accounts are maintained via our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which includes a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain addresses. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you may click on any one of them to see both the A and the MX records. Changing any record is as easy as typing in the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters before, you won't encounter any troubles if you want to move your website or emails to some other provider while keeping the second service with our company. If needed, you may also set up additional MX records and set a certain priority depending on the instructions of the new provider.