The term “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a variety of services which offer different functions to a domain. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two separate services although in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. Actually, each 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 specifies where the website for the domain address is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain. As an illustration, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would 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 address 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 e-mail will be sent to the correct server. The reasoning 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

The Hepsia hosting CP, that comes with each and every Linux web hosting we offer you, allows you to see, change and set up A and MX records for each Internet domain or subdomain within your account. Through the DNS Records section, you'll be able to view a list of all hosts inside the account from a to z with their corresponding records, so any update isn't going to take you more than a few mouse clicks. Setting up new records is equally simple if, as an illustration, you want to use the e-mail services of a different company and they ask you to create more MX records than the default two. You can even set the priority for every MX record by setting different latency. Put simply, when your emails are delivered, the sending server is going to contact the record with the smallest latency first and if the connection times out, it will contact the next one. Using our advanced tool, you will be able to control the records of your domains and subdomains with ease even though you may have no previous experience with such matters.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Accessing and modifying the A or MX records for any one of your domain names or subdomains is extremely easy if you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan through 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 every one of them to see both the A and the MX records. Changing any record will be 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 will not encounter any difficulties if you choose to switch your website or emails to some other company while keeping the second service with our company. If required, you can also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority in accordance with the recommendations of the new provider.