The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but a set of services which provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, as an example, are two separate services even though in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain name has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which defines where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain name. For instance, an A record is and an MX record can be Whenever you open a website or send an e-mail, 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. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will then be directed to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting

If you have a shared website hosting account with our company and you wish to move either your site or your e-mails to an alternative service provider, it's going to take you literally simply 2 clicks to do so. Our Hepsia Control Panel comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you'll be able to see and modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you decide 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 few clicks either to add them. You may also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create isn't going to take more than a few hours and if necessary, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which 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 packages we offer, you are going to have total control over the records of all domain names and subdomains you add in your hosting account. You can easily check what A and MX records each one of them has from the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and changing any record requires simply a couple of mouse clicks. If you decide to change your web or email hosting provider, you can edit the required record and point your domain to the other service provider for one of the services, while you still keep using the other one through us. You may also keep the main domain here, while you edit the A record of only one of its subdomains. In case you are modifying the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the default two we have, you can create them with ease and set a different priority for each and every one.