The term “hosting” does not describe one service, but several services which offer various functions to a domain address. 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. Actually, each and every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the first one 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 deals with the e-mails for the domain. For instance, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would 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 address 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 idea behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting

If you have a Linux shared hosting plan from us, you're going to be able to view, create and modify any A or MX record for your domains. So long as a particular domain has our Name Servers, you will be able to modify particular records via our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or e-mails pointed to another service provider if you wish to use only one of our services. Our state-of-the-art tool is going to allow you to have a domain hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted somewhere else by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain name the slightest bit. If you choose to use the email services of another provider and they want you to create more than 2 MX records, you can easily do it with simply a few clicks through the DNS Records section of your CP. You can even set different latency for every MX record i.e. which one will have priority.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you purchase a semi-dedicated server plan from our company, you are going to be able to view and change the A and MX records for each of the domain names or subdomains you host in the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you'll get to handle the account, provides an advanced, though easy-to-use tool where all hosts are going to be listed in alphabetical order and you will be able to change their records with no more than a few clicks. If you have to create a new record, it will be equally easy - pick the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you'll be all set. Additionally, you will be able to set different priority for the MX records which you create in case that you want to use a third-party email provider and they ask you to create additional records other than the 2 default ones. In case you experience any troubles, we've got a in-depth Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to create or edit any record.