The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe a particular service, but several services which offer different functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two independent services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most of the people think of them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain name. As an example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can 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 address 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 then be directed to the correct server. The idea behind working with separate records is that the two services employ 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 Cloud Web Hosting
With a cloud web hosting plan from our company, you'll be able to create or change the A and MX records of your domains and subdomains effortlessly using our state-of-the-art Hepsia hosting CP. Editing the default records takes 2 clicks and the setup of a new record requires just a couple of more clicks, so although you may have never dealt with such matters, you'll not encounter any troubles. We have a comprehensive help section that makes things even easier. If you'd like to switch your email provider and you have to set up several MX records in addition to the default 2, you can pick their priority i.e. which record is going to handle your emails first when someone sends you a message. Normally the new provider will tell you what these values need to be. With our shared plans, you're going to have complete control of your domains and subdomains and you're going to be able to manage their A and MX records effortlessly and at any time.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you're going to be able to see and change the A and MX records for any of the domains or subdomains you host inside the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you'll get to manage the account, provides an advanced, albeit easy-to-use tool in which all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you're going to be able to modify their records with no more than a couple of mouse clicks. If you have to create a new record, it will be equally easy - select the domain/subdomain, type in the IP address or mail server record and you're going to be ready. You'll also be able to set different priority for the MX records that you create in case that you decide to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to set up additional records other than the two standard ones. If you ever experience any troubles, you will find a comprehensive Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to create or change any record.