The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe a single service, but a variety of services that offer a variety of functions to a domain. Having a website and e-mails, as an example, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. In reality, every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the former 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. As an example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a site 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 forwarded to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will be sent to the correct server. The concept behind employing separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you could have your site hosted by one provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, that comes with each and every web hosting plan that we offer you, allows you to see, change and create A and MX records for any domain name or subdomain within your account. From the DNS Records section, you will be able to view a list of all hosts inside the account in alphabetical order with their related records, so any update won't take you more than a couple of clicks. Creating new records is just as easy if, as an illustration, you want to use the email services of another provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default two. You can also set the priority for each MX record by setting different latency. Quite simply, when your e-mails are delivered, the sending server is going to contact the record with the smallest latency first and in case the connection times out, it'll contact the next one. Through our advanced tool, you are going to be able to handle the records of your domain addresses and subdomains effortlessly even when you have no prior experience with such matters.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with our semi-dedicated hosting plans, allows you to view the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if required, to update any of them or set up new ones. Handling these records is incredibly easy as all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so updating 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 if you experience any problems, you can check out our instructional videos on how to create A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by individuals with no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to provide you with 100 % control over all records and to allow you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're pointing your emails to a different provider and they ask you to create more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.