The definition of “hosting” does not describe just one service, but several services which offer numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, for example, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so most of the people think of them as one single service. In fact, each domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the website for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the e-mails for the domain name. As an illustration, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a website 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 directed to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will then be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, included with our Linux semi-dedicated servers, allows you to see the A and MX records for every one of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if needed, to update any of them or set up new ones. Controlling these records is quite easy because all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so modifying a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Creating a new one takes a few more clicks and in case you experience any difficulties, you can check out our instructional videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by people with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to give you 100 % control over all records and to allow you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're moving your emails to a different company and they ask you to create more than 2 different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.