The term “hosting” doesn't describe a particular service, but several services that provide different functions to a domain name. 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 people think of them as one single service. The truth is, each domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, that identifies where the website for the domain address is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the emails for the domain. For instance, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a site 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 email will then be sent to the correct server. The concept behind employing separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one company and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting

If you have a cloud website hosting account through our company and you want to switch either your site or your emails to an alternative provider, it'll take you literally simply 2 clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you are going to be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you wish 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 may also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create is not going to take more than a few hours and if necessary, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will remain active after it is changed or deleted.