The term “hosting” does not describe only one service, but a number of services which offer a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, for instance, are two individual services even though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. The truth is, every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain. For example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is 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 Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will be directed to the correct server. The reasoning behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Website Hosting

If you have a Linux website hosting package through our company, you are going to be able to see, set up and modify any A or MX record for your domains. So long as a particular domain has our Name Servers, you're going to be able to modify certain records through our Hepsia hosting CP and have your website or e-mails pointed to another service provider if you wish to use only one of our services. Our leading-edge tool will enable you to have a domain address hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted somewhere else by modifying only its A record - this will not affect the main domain the slightest bit. If you choose to use the e-mail services of another service provider and they want you to set up more than 2 MX records, you can easily do this with just a couple of clicks in the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. Also you can set different latency for every MX record i.e. which one is going to have priority.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you buy a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you will be able to see and edit the A and MX records for every one of the domains or subdomains you host in the account. The Hepsia CP, which you will get to handle the account, comes with an advanced, although easy-to-use tool where all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you're going to be able to modify their records with no more than a few clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it's going to be just as simple - pick the domain/subdomain, type in the IP address or mail server record and you're going to be all set. You'll also be able to set different priority for the MX records you create in case you decide to use a third-party email provider and they ask you to set up additional records apart from the 2 default ones. If you ever experience any difficulties, we have a detailed Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to setup or edit any record.