The term “hosting” doesn't describe one service, but a variety of services which offer various functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, for example, are two individual services although in the general case they come together, so many people consider them as one single service. In reality, every domain 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 specifies where the website for the domain address is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the e-mails for the domain name. For instance, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a website 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 directed to the correct server. The concept behind employing separate records is that the two services use 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 Web Hosting
With a web hosting plan from our company, you will be able to create or change the A and MX records of your domain addresses and subdomains with ease through our sophisticated Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Changing the default records requires 2 clicks and the creation of a new record requires only a couple of more clicks, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters, you will not encounter any issues. We have an extensive help section that'll make things even easier. If you want to switch your e-mail provider and you have to set up several MX records in addition to the standard two, you can pick their priority i.e. which record is going to deal with your e-mails first when somebody sends you a message. Usually the new provider will tell you what these values should be. With our shared plans, you're going to have complete control over your domain addresses and subdomains and you'll be able to handle their A and MX records easily and at any time.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you will be able to view and update the A and MX records for every one of the domains or subdomains that you host within the account. The Hepsia CP, which you'll get to manage the account, comes with an state-of-the-art, though easy-to-use tool in which all hosts are going to be listed in alphabetical order and you will be able to change their records with no more than a few mouse clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it's going to be just as simple - pick the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you are going to be ready. You'll also be able to set different priority for the MX records that you create in case that you decide to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to create additional records besides the 2 default ones. If you encounter any troubles, you will find a detailed Help section with videos in which you can see first-hand how to setup or edit any record.