The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe a particular service, but several services that offer a variety of functions to a domain. Having a site and emails, for example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. In fact, every domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain name. For instance, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a site or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The idea behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one company and the emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Web Hosting
With a shared web hosting plan from our company, you're going to be able to create or modify the A and MX records of your domains and subdomains with ease through our state-of-the-art Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Modifying the default records takes 2 clicks and the creation of a new record requires just a couple of more clicks, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters, you won't experience any complications. We've got an extensive help section that makes things even easier. If you'd like to change your e-mail provider and you have to create a number of MX records in addition to the default 2, you may choose their priority i.e. which record will deal with your e-mails first when someone sends you a message. Normally the new provider is going to tell you what these values should be. With our shared plans, you'll have complete control over your domain names and subdomains and you're going to be able to manage their A and MX records effortlessly and at any time.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
With the Linux semi-dedicated servers we provide, you will have 100 % control over the records of all domain names and subdomains which you add in your hosting account. You can easily check what A and MX records each of them has from the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and editing any record requires simply a few mouse clicks. If you want to switch your web or email hosting provider, you can edit the required record and point your domain address to the other company for one of the services, as you still carry on using the other one through us. You could also keep the main domain name here, while you change the A record of only one of its subdomains. When you're editing the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the standard two that we have, you could create them with ease and set a different priority for every single one.