The term “hosting” does not describe one service, but several services which provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, as an example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. In reality, each domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which 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. As an illustration, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a website or send an e-mail, 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. In case you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the e-mail will then be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind working with separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one company and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Website Hosting

If you have a website hosting plan through us, you will be able to view, create and change any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. So long as a given Internet domain has our Name Servers, you'll be able to change certain records through our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or e-mails directed to another company if you want to use only one of our services. Our leading-edge tool is going to enable you to have a domain hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted somewhere else by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain name at all. If you choose to use the e-mail services of a different company and they want you to set up more than two MX records, you can easily do this with only a couple of mouse clicks in the DNS Records section of your CP. You may also set different latency for every single MX record i.e. which one will have priority.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you buy a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you will be able to view and edit the A and MX records for every one of the domains or subdomains which you host within the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you'll get to manage the account, comes with an advanced, though easy-to-use tool in which all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you'll be able to edit their records with no more than several mouse clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it's going to be just as simple - pick the domain/subdomain, type in the IP address or mail server record and you're going to be all set. You'll also be able to set different priority for the MX records which you create in case you decide to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to set up additional records other than the two standard ones. If you ever encounter any problems, you will find a in-depth Help section with videos in which you can see first-hand how to create or change any record.