The definition of “hosting” does not describe just one service, but a number of services which provide different functions to a domain address. Having a site and e-mails, for example, are two separate services even though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. Actually, each domain name has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that defines where the site for the domain address is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain. As an illustration, 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 forwarded to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will then be directed to the correct server. The reasoning 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 emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting
If you have a Linux shared package through us, you'll be able to see, set up and change any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. Provided that a particular Internet domain has our Name Servers, you're going to be able to modify certain records via our Hepsia hosting Control Panel and have your site or e-mails directed to any other service provider if you want to use only one of our services. Our state-of-the-art tool will enable you to have a domain hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted elsewhere by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain in any way. If you decide 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 only a couple of mouse clicks through the DNS Records section of your CP. Also you can set different latency for every single MX record i.e. which one is going to have priority.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Hepsia hosting CP, included with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting packages, will allow you to see the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if necessary, to update any of them or set up new ones. Managing these records is quite easy because all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes just a couple of more clicks and if you experience any troubles, you can check out our instructional videos on how to create A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by individuals with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to provide you with total control of all records and to enable you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're switching your e-mails to a different provider and they ask you to set up more than two different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.