Custom MX and A Records
What exactly is an A record? What's an MX record? What are their functions as part of the Domain Name System?
The term “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a variety of services which offer numerous functions to a domain. Having a website and emails, for instance, are two individual services although in the general case they come together, so a lot of people think of them as one single service. The truth is, every domain 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, that defines where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain name. For instance, an A record is 184.108.40.206 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a website or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a Internet 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 email will then be forwarded to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you could have your site hosted by one service provider and the e-mail messages by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Web Hosting
If you have a shared web hosting
account through our company and you would like to direct either your site or your e-mails to an alternative service provider, it's going to take you literally simply two clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you are going to be able to see and modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you want 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 couple of clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a particular MX record is going to have. The propagation of any record that you modify or set up will not take more than several hours and if needed, you will 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
Accessing and changing the A or MX records for any of your domain names or subdomains is really easy if you purchase a semi-dedicated server
plan from us. The accounts are handled through our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which features a section committed to the DNS records of your domains. The latter will be listed alphabetically and you can click on each of them to see both the A and the MX records. Editing any record will be as easy as typing in the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even when you have never dealt with such matters before, you won't encounter any problems if you want to point your website or emails to another company while keeping the second service with our company. When required, you can also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority depending on the instructions of the new provider.