The term “hosting” doesn't describe one service, but a variety of services which provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, for instance, are two individual services even though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people consider them as one single service. In fact, each domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that identifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain address. For example, an A record is 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. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one company and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting

If you have a shared hosting through our company, you're going to be able to see, set up and modify any A or MX record for your domain names. As long as a specific domain has our Name Servers, you'll be able to modify certain records via our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or emails pointed to any other provider if you wish to use only one of our services. Our advanced tool will even enable you to have a domain address hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted elsewhere by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain name at all. If you want to use the e-mail services of another company and they want you to create more than 2 MX records, you can easily do this with only a few mouse clicks in the DNS Records section of your CP. Also you can set different latency for each MX record i.e. which one will have priority.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you purchase a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you are going to be able to see and change the A and MX records for every one of the domain addresses or subdomains that you host within the account. The Hepsia CP, which you will get to control the account, provides an state-of-the-art, albeit easy-to-use tool where all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you will be able to edit their records with no more than a couple of mouse clicks. If you have to create a new record, it'll be just as easy - pick the domain/subdomain, type in the IP address or mail server record and you will be all set. You will also be able to set different priority for the MX records that you create in case you choose to use a third-party email provider and they ask you to create additional records other than the two default ones. In case you encounter any problems, we have a detailed Help section with videos in which you can see first-hand how to create or edit any record.