The term “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a set of services which offer numerous functions to a domain address. Having a site and emails, as an example, are two individual services although in the general case they come together, so a lot of people think of them as one single service. In reality, each and every domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that defines where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain. As an example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can 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 Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will then be sent to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you could have your site hosted by one company and the e-mails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Web Hosting
If you have a cloud web hosting account through our company and you wish to move either your website or your e-mails to a different company, it will take you literally just two mouse clicks to do it. 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're going to be able to see and modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you choose to use a different email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard 2, it won't take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a given MX record is going to have. The propagation of every record that you change or create will not take more than several hours and if needed, 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 changed or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
With the Linux semi-dedicated hosting which we provide, you are going to have complete 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 CP and editing any record takes just a couple of mouse clicks. If you want to change your web or email hosting provider, you can change the necessary record and direct your domain to the other company for one of the services, as you still carry on using the other one through us. You can also keep the main domain address here, while you modify the A record of only one of its subdomains. If you're modifying the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the default 2 that we have, you can create them with ease and set a different priority for every one.