The term “hosting” doesn't describe a single service, but a set of services which offer various functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, as an illustration, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so most of the people see them as one single service. In reality, each and every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, that specifies 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. For example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a website or send an e-mail, 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. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the email will be directed to the correct server. The reasoning behind using separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one company and the e-mails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting
If you have a shared hosting account through our company and you want to switch either your website or your emails to an alternative company, it is going to take you literally just two mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you are going to be able to see and modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you wish to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard two, it will not take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You may also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a certain MX record is going to have. The propagation of every record that you change or set up will not take more than a few hours and if needed, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that shows how long a record will stay active after it is modified or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan through us, you'll be able to see and edit the A and MX records for every one of the domain names or subdomains you host within the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you will get to handle the account, provides an advanced, albeit easy-to-use tool in which all hosts are going to be listed in alphabetical order and you are going to be able to change their records with no more than a couple of clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it'll be equally simple - pick the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you will be all set. Additionally, you will be able to set different priority for the MX records that you create in case that you want to use a third-party email provider and they ask you to set up additional records aside from the 2 standard ones. If you encounter any troubles, we have a comprehensive Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to create or modify any record.