The definition of “hosting” does not describe one service, but a set of services that offer different functions to a domain. Having a website and emails, as an illustration, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. In reality, every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain. For instance, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be 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. If you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will be sent to the correct server. The idea behind using separate records is that the two services work with 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 Hosting
If you have a shared hosting account with our company and you wish to direct either your site or your e-mails to a different service provider, it'll take you literally simply 2 mouse clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP 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 want to use a different email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard 2, it will not take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a certain MX record will have. The propagation of every record that you modify or set up isn't going to take more than several hours and if required, you will 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
Accessing and changing the A or MX records for any one of your domains or subdomains is very easy if you buy a semi-dedicated server plan from us. The accounts are managed by using our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which has a section committed to the DNS records of your domain addresses. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you can click on any one of them to see both the A and the MX records. Editing any record is as simple as entering the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters before, you won't encounter any problems if you wish to point your website or emails to a different service provider while keeping the second service with our company. When needed, you may also create additional MX records and set a certain priority in accordance with the instructions of the new provider.