The word “hosting” doesn't describe just one service, but several services which provide different functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, as an example, are two separate services even though in the general case they come together, so many people consider them as one single service. In fact, each and every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain address. As an illustration, an A record would 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 directed to that company. If 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 employing 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 through our company and you want to direct either your site or your emails to an alternative service provider, it is going to take you literally just two mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains 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 choose to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the standard 2, it will not 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 higher the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create will not take more than several hours and if needed, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that reveals how long a record will stay active after it is modified or deleted.