The word “hosting” doesn't describe just one service, but a set of services that offer a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a website and e-mails, as an example, are two individual services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. In reality, every domain name has a number of 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 identifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the e-mails for the domain address. For instance, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is 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 address 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 sent to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one provider and the e-mail messages by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting
If you have a Linux web hosting through our company, you are going to be able to view, create and change any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. As long as a specific domain has our Name Servers, you will be able to change specific records by using our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or emails directed to another service provider if you'd like to use only one of our services. Our sophisticated tool will even allow you to have a domain hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted someplace else by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain name the slightest bit. If you want to use the e-mail services of a different provider and they want you to set up more than two MX records, you can easily do it with simply a couple of mouse clicks through the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. You may also set different latency for every MX record i.e. which one is going to have priority.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
With the Linux semi-dedicated hosting plans that we offer, you will have 100 % control over the records of all domain addresses and subdomains that you add in your hosting account. You can easily check what A and MX records each of them has through the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and modifying any record requires just a couple of mouse clicks. If you decide to change your web or email hosting provider, you can update the necessary record and point your domain to the other service provider for one of the services, as you still carry on using the other one through us. You could also keep the main domain name here, while you change 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 2 that we have, you can create them with ease and set a different priority for each one.