The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe one service, but several services which offer various functions to a domain. Having a website and e-mails, for instance, are two independent services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that identifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain name. For instance, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is 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 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 then be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind working with separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one company and the e-mail messages by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting
If you have a shared hosting account through our company and you want to switch either your site or your emails to an alternative provider, it'll take you literally only two clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you want to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default 2, it's not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You can also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a particular MX record is going to have. The propagation of any record that you modify or set up isn't going to take more than several hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that reveals how long a record will remain active after it is modified or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you purchase a semi-dedicated server plan through us, you're going to be able to view and edit the A and MX records for each of the domain names or subdomains you host inside the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you will get to manage the account, offers an sophisticated, although easy-to-use tool where all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you're going to be able to edit their records with no more than a few mouse clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it's going to be just as easy - choose the domain/subdomain, type in the IP address or mail server record and you are going to be all set. Additionally, you will be able to set different priority for the MX records you create in case you decide to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to create additional records apart from the two default ones. If you ever encounter any problems, we have a in-depth Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to setup or edit any record.