Every registered domain name has no less than 2 Name Server records which show where it is hosted i.e. by using these records you point your domain to the servers of a specific hosting provider. That way, you've got both your website and your emails handled by the exact same service provider. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), nevertheless, there are a number of other records, like A and MX. The first one shows which server handles the site for a given domain name and is always an IP address (123.123.123.123), while the second one reveals which server handles the e-mails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). As an illustration, when you enter a domain name in your browser, your request is directed through the global DNS system to the provider whose NS records the domain address uses and from there you could be forwarded to the servers of another service provider if you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your domain address. Having separate records for the website and the e-mails suggests that you can have your site and your emails with 2 different companies if you would like.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Web Hosting
If you have a shared web hosting account with our company and you would like to move either your website or your e-mails to an alternative provider, it'll take you literally simply two clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names 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 create more MX records than the default two, it won't take more than a few clicks either to add them. You can even 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 every record that you modify or create won't take more than several hours and if required, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that reveals how long a record will stay active after it's changed or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Accessing and modifying the A or MX records for any of your domains or subdomains is incredibly easy if you get a semi-dedicated server plan through us. The accounts are maintained via our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which has a section devoted to the DNS records of your domains. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you may click on any of them to see both the A and the MX records. Editing any record is as simple 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 simply won't encounter any troubles if you wish to direct your website or emails to an alternative service provider while keeping the second service with our company. When required, you could also set up additional MX records and set a certain priority based on the recommendations of the new provider.