The definition of “hosting” does not describe one service, but a set of services that provide a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two separate services although in the general case they come together, so most people see them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain address. For example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a website 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 web browser request or the e-mail will then be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Website Hosting

If you have a Linux website hosting through our company, you are going to be able to view, set up and change any A or MX record for your domain names. As long as a particular domain has our Name Servers, you are going to be able to to modify particular records through our Hepsia hosting Control Panel and have your site or e-mails directed to another company if you would like to use only one of our services. Our sophisticated tool is going to enable you to have a domain name hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted someplace else by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain name the slightest bit. If you choose to use the email services of a different service provider and they want you to set up more than 2 MX records, you can easily do that with just a couple of clicks in the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. You can also set different latency for every single MX record i.e. which one will have priority.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, provided with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting, will allow you to see the A and MX records for each of the domain addresses or subdomains in your account and if needed, to update any of them or create new ones. Managing these records is quite easy as all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so modifying a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes just a couple of more clicks and in case you experience any difficulties, you can check out our educational videos on how to create A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by people with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to offer you total control over all records and to enable you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are pointing your emails to a different provider and they ask you to set up more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.