The term “hosting” does not describe one service, but several services which provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, as an example, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. In reality, every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that identifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain address. As an example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is 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 domain name has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the email will then be sent to the correct server. The reasoning 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 Shared Hosting

If you have a shared hosting through our company, you'll be able to view, create and change any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. As long as a specific domain name has our Name Servers, you are going to be able to to change specific records via our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or emails pointed to another service provider if you wish to use only one of our services. Our state-of-the-art tool will permit you to have a domain name hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted elsewhere by modifying only its A record - this will not affect the main domain at all. If you want to use the email services of another provider and they want you to set up more than 2 MX records, you can easily do that with just a couple of mouse clicks in the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. You can also set different latency for each MX record i.e. which one will have priority.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with our Linux semi-dedicated plans, will permit you to view the A and MX records for every one of the domain addresses or subdomains in your account and if necessary, to update any of them or set up new ones. Controlling these records is incredibly easy since all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes a few more clicks and in case you experience any problems, you can check out our educational videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by individuals with no previous experience, yet advanced enough to provide you with 100 % control of 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 can choose the priority of each one.