The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe a single service, but a number of services which offer numerous functions to a domain address. Having a website and e-mails, as an illustration, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so most people consider them as one single service. The truth is, every single domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain. For example, an A record is 18.104.22.168 and an MX record would be 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 has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will be directed to the correct server. The reasoning behind using separate records is that the two services work with 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 Cloud Hosting
With a cloud hosting
plan from our company, you're going to be able to create or modify the A and MX records of your domain addresses and subdomains with ease via our sophisticated Hepsia hosting CP. Editing the default records requires two 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 won't encounter any complications. We've got a comprehensive help section that will make things even easier. If you'd like to change your e-mail provider and you have to set up a number of MX records in addition to the default 2, you can select their priority i.e. which record is going to deal with your e-mails first when somebody sends you a message. Normally the new provider will tell you what these values need to be. With our shared plans, you'll have complete control of your domain addresses and subdomains and you will be able to handle their A and MX records easily and at any time.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Accessing and editing the A or MX records for each of your domain names or subdomains is incredibly easy if you purchase a semi-dedicated server
plan from us. The accounts are maintained via our in-house built Hepsia CP, which features a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain addresses. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you may click on every one of them to see both the A and the MX records. Modifying any record is as simple as entering the new one in a text box and saving the change, so in case you have never dealt with such matters before, you will not encounter any issues if you decide to direct your site or emails to a different provider while keeping the second service with our company. If needed, you may also create additional MX records and set a specific priority depending on the instructions of the new provider.