The word “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a set of services that offer numerous functions to a domain. Having a site and e-mails, as an illustration, are two separate services although in the general case they come together, so most of the people consider them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain name has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that identifies 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 name. For instance, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each time 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 e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The concept behind working with separate records is that the two services employ different web protocols and you may have your site hosted by one provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting

If you have a cloud hosting account with our company and you want to switch either your site or your e-mails to a different service provider, it's going to take you literally only 2 clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and edit 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 set up more MX records than the standard two, it's not going to take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. You may also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a certain MX record is going to have. The propagation of any record that you change or create isn't going to take more than several hours and if necessary, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which reveals how long a record will remain active after it's changed or deleted.