The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but a set of services that provide various functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, for example, are two separate services although in the general case they come together, so most of the people think of them as one single service. In fact, every domain name has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that defines where the website for the domain address is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles 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 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. When you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the email will then be forwarded to the correct server. The reasoning behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Hosting
If you have a hosting plan from us, you're going to be able to view, set up and change any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. As long as a given Internet domain has our Name Servers, you'll be able to change specific records using our Hepsia hosting CP and have your website or e-mails pointed to another service provider if you would like to use only one of our services. Our advanced tool will permit you to have a domain address hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted elsewhere by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain name the slightest bit. If you decide to use the e-mail services of another company and they want you to set up more than two MX records, you can easily do that with just a few clicks through the DNS Records section of your CP. You can also set different latency for each MX record i.e. which one will have priority.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, included with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting plans, will permit you to see the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if required, to update any of them or set up new ones. Controlling these records is very easy because all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so editing a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes only a few more clicks and if you experience any issues, you can check out our video tutorials on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by individuals with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to provide you with full control over all records and to permit you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're pointing your emails to a different service provider and they ask you to set up more than two different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.