The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe one service, but several services which provide a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most people consider them as one single service. In reality, each and every domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain name. As an example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a site or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain name has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. When 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 employ different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one company and the e-mail messages by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting
The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with each and every Linux shared website hosting service that we offer, will enable you to view, change and set up A and MX records for any domain or subdomain inside your account. From the DNS Records section, you will be able to see a list of all hosts within the account in alphabetical order with their corresponding records, so any update won't take you more than a couple of clicks. Creating new records is as easy if, as an example, you would like to use the email services of a different provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default 2. Additionally you can set the priority for every single MX record by setting different latency. To put it differently, when your e-mails are delivered, the sending server will contact the record with the smallest latency first and if the connection times out, it is going to contact the next one. Using our innovative tool, you are going to be able to handle the records of your domain names and subdomains with ease even though you may have no previous experience with such matters.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Accessing and editing the A or MX records for each of your domain addresses or subdomains is really easy if you purchase a semi-dedicated server plan from us. The accounts are managed through our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which includes a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain names. The latter will be listed alphabetically and you may click on any of them to see both the A and the MX records. Changing any record is as simple as typing in the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even if you have never dealt with such matters before, you won't encounter any problems if you choose to direct your site or emails to an alternative company while keeping the second service with our company. If necessary, you can also create additional MX records and set a certain priority based on the recommendations of the new provider.