The definition of “hosting” does not describe one service, but several services that offer a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a site and e-mails, for instance, are two independent services although in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. In fact, 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 identifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain address. As an example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be 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 address 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 be directed to the correct server. The concept behind employing separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Website Hosting

If you have a website hosting plan through our company, you will be able to view, create and change any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. As long as a specific Internet domain has our Name Servers, you will be able to change particular records by using our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or e-mails pointed to another provider if you would like to use only one of our services. Our sophisticated tool will permit 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 the slightest bit. If you want to use the email services of another provider and they want you to set up more than 2 MX records, you can easily do this with just a couple of clicks through the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. You can even set different latency for each MX record i.e. which one is going to have priority.