The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe a particular service, but a number of services that provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, as an example, are two separate services although in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. In fact, each and every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain name. As an example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Whenever 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 directed to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will be forwarded to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one company and the e-mail messages by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting
If you have a shared website hosting account from our company and you want to direct either your website or your e-mails to another service provider, it is going to take you literally just two clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you are going to be able to see and change the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you choose to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default 2, it's not going to take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a given MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you change or set up is not going to take more than a few hours and if required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that shows how long a record will remain active after it's modified or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
With the Linux semi-dedicated hosting plans we offer, you will have total control over the records of all domains and subdomains that you add in your hosting account. You can easily check what A and MX records each one of them has via the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and editing any record requires only a couple of mouse clicks. If you choose to switch your web or e-mail hosting provider, you can change the required record and point your domain to the other service provider for one of the services, as you still keep using the other one through us. You can also keep the main domain here, while you edit the A record of only one of its subdomains. In case you are changing the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the standard two that we have, you could create them with ease and set a different priority for each one.