The word “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a variety of services which provide a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, as an illustration, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. In fact, every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, which defines where the website for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain. For instance, an A record would be and an MX record would be Each time you open a website 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 forwarded to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the e-mail will then be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you could have your site hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting
If you have a Linux cloud website hosting plan from our company, you'll be able to view, set up and modify any A or MX record for your domains. As long as a given domain has our Name Servers, you'll be able to modify particular records through our Hepsia hosting CP and have your website or e-mails directed to any other service provider if you wish to use only one of our services. Our state-of-the-art tool will even enable 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 Internet domain at all. If you decide to use the e-mail services of another provider and they want you to set up more than 2 MX records, you can easily do that with only a couple of mouse clicks in the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. You can even set different latency for every single MX record i.e. which one is going to have priority.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you'll be able to view and update the A and MX records for every one of the domain addresses or subdomains which you host inside the account. The Hepsia CP, which you will get to take care of the account, provides an innovative, albeit easy-to-use tool where all hosts are going to be listed in alphabetical order and you are going to be able to modify their records with no more than a few mouse clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it'll be equally easy - pick the domain/subdomain, type in the IP address or mail server record and you're going to be all set. Additionally, you'll be able to set different priority for the MX records that you create in case you want to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to set up additional records apart from the two standard ones. If you ever experience any issues, we've got a detailed Help section with videos in which you can see first-hand how to setup or edit any record.