The word “hosting” does not describe a single service, but a number of services which provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, as an illustration, are two separate services although in the general case they come together, so most people think of them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the site 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 address. For example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a site or send an email, 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. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will be directed to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you may have your site hosted by one company and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with our Linux semi-dedicated services, will permit you to view the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if necessary, to edit any of them or create new ones. Managing these records is very easy since all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes only a few more clicks and in case you experience any problems, you can check out our educational videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by people with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to give you 100 % control of all records and to enable you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are moving your emails to a different provider and they ask you to set up more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.