The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but a variety of services which offer different functions to a domain. Having a site and e-mails, as an illustration, are two separate services although in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. In fact, each and every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain address. As an example, an A record is 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 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 forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting

With a web hosting plan from us, you will be able to create or change the A and MX records of your domain addresses and subdomains easily via our sophisticated Hepsia hosting CP. Changing the default records will take two clicks and the setup of a new record requires only a couple of more clicks, so in case you have never dealt with such matters, you won't encounter any problems. We have an extensive help section that'll make things even easier. If you want to switch your e-mail provider and you have to create a number of MX records in addition to the standard 2, you may choose their priority i.e. which record is going to deal with your emails first when somebody sends you a message. Normally the new provider will tell you what these values need to be. With our shared plans, you will have total control over your domain addresses and subdomains and you'll be able to handle their A and MX records very easily and at any time.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

Accessing and modifying the A or MX records for any one of your domains or subdomains is really easy if you buy a semi-dedicated server plan from our company. The accounts are maintained by using our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which has a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain addresses. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you may click on any one of them to see both the A and the MX records. Changing any record will be as easy as entering 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 issues if you choose to direct your site or e-mails to some other company while keeping the second service with our company. If necessary, you can also create additional MX records and set a specific priority in accordance with the recommendations of the new provider.