The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe a single service, but a variety of services that offer a variety of functions to a domain. Having a website and emails, for example, are two individual services even though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. Actually, every single domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that identifies where the site for the domain address is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain. As an illustration, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a website or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will then be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Web Hosting

With a shared web hosting plan from us, you're going to be able to set up or change the A and MX records of your domains and subdomains easily through our state-of-the-art Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Changing the default records requires two clicks and the creation of a new record requires only a couple of more clicks, so although you may have never dealt with such matters, you'll not experience any troubles. We also have an extensive help section that'll make things even easier. If you would like to switch your email provider and you have to set up several MX records in addition to the default 2, you can select their priority i.e. which record will handle your e-mails first when somebody sends you a message. Normally the new provider is going to tell you what these values ought to be. With our shared plans, you are going to have full control over your domain names and subdomains and you are going to be able to manage their A and MX records very easily and at any time.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting CP, included with our semi-dedicated servers, will allow you to view the A and MX records for every one of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if needed, to edit any of them or create new ones. Handling these records is incredibly easy as all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes a few more clicks and if you experience any difficulties, you can check out our educational videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by individuals with little or no previous experience, yet advanced enough to offer you total control over all records and to allow you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are pointing your emails to a different service provider and they ask you to create more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.