When you add a domain name as hosted in some account, you typically set a pair of Name Servers to direct it to that particular company. On their end, three records are set up automatically when the domain address is added - one A record and two MX records. The former is a numeric address, or IP address, that “tells” the domain name where its website is, while the other two are alphanumeric and they indicate the server that deals with the e-mails for that particular domain name. The website and the e-mail hosting are often considered to be one thing, while they're in fact two different services. Having different records for them will enable you to have them with different companies if you would like. As an example, some new provider could have superb uptime for your website, but you might not want to switch your e-mails from your current host and by using an A record to point the Internet domain to the former and MX records to have the e-mails with the second, you could get the best of both companies. These records are checked when you want to open a website or send an email - in either case, the service provider whose name servers are used for the domain address is going to be contacted to retrieve the A and MX records and if you have set records different from their own, the right web/mail server will then be contacted and you're going to see the needed site or your e-mail will be delivered.
Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting
If you have a web hosting account through our company and you wish to point either your site or your e-mails to an alternative company, it's going to take you literally only two clicks to do so. Our Hepsia Control Panel provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and change the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you choose to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard 2, it's not going to take more than a few clicks either to add them. You can also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a certain MX record will have. The propagation of each record that you modify or set up won't take more than several hours and if needed, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which reveals how long a record will remain active after it is changed or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with our semi-dedicated hosting, will permit you to view the A and MX records for each of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if needed, to update any of them or create new ones. Handling these records is very easy because all domains/subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically, so editing a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes just a few more clicks and if you experience any issues, you can check out our video tutorials on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by individuals with little or no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to give you total control of all records and to enable you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're pointing your e-mails to a different company and they ask you to create more than two different MX records, you may choose the priority of each one.