The definition of “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but several services that offer a variety of functions to a domain address. Having a site and emails, for instance, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. In reality, every domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that defines where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that deals with the e-mails for the domain address. As an illustration, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a site or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain address has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the email will be sent to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you could have your site hosted by one provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting

If you have a shared website hosting through us, you're going to be able to view, set up and modify any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. As long as a particular domain name has our Name Servers, you will be able to change certain records using our Hepsia hosting CP and have your website or e-mails directed to any other service provider if you would like to use only one of our services. Our advanced tool will enable you to have a domain address hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted elsewhere by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain name the slightest bit. If you choose to use the email services of another service provider and they want you to create more than 2 MX records, you can easily do it with simply a few clicks within the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. You can also set different latency for every single MX record i.e. which one will have priority.