The term “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but a variety of services which provide a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a site and e-mails, for instance, are two individual services though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. In reality, each and every domain has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the site for the domain address 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 example, an A record would be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a website 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 e-mail will then be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting

If you have a web hosting account from our company and you want to switch either your site or your e-mails to another company, it will take you literally just 2 mouse clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP offers 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 modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you decide to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default 2, it is not going to 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 every record that you modify or create is not going to take more than a few hours and if required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which shows how long a record will stay active after it's changed or deleted.