The term “hosting” doesn't describe a single service, but a variety of services that offer numerous functions to a domain address. Having a website and emails, as an illustration, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. The truth is, every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the website 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. For instance, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a website or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain name 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 be sent to the correct server. The idea behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one company and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting

With a cloud website hosting plan from us, you're going to be able to create or modify the A and MX records of your domains and subdomains with ease through our state-of-the-art Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Changing the default records requires two clicks and the setup of a new record takes only a few more clicks, so even if you have never dealt with such matters, you won't encounter any difficulties. We have a comprehensive help section that makes things even easier. If you wish to switch your e-mail provider and you have to create a number of MX records in addition to the default 2, you can choose their priority i.e. which record will manage your emails first when somebody sends you a message. Normally the new provider will tell you what these values should be. With our shared plans, you will have complete control of your domains and subdomains and you're going to be able to handle their A and MX records very easily and at any time.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you buy a semi-dedicated server plan through us, you will be able to view and edit the A and MX records for any one of the domain names or subdomains you host within the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you'll get to manage the account, offers an state-of-the-art, albeit easy-to-use tool where all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you are going to be able to edit their records with no more than several mouse clicks. If you have to create a new record, it's going to be equally easy - select the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you're going to be all set. Additionally, you will be able to set different priority for the MX records you create in case that you want to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to create additional records apart from the 2 default ones. If you ever encounter any problems, you will find a comprehensive Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to create or change any record.