The word “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but several services that provide a variety of functions to a domain. Having a site and emails, as an 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 name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that deals with each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the website 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 can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a site or send an e-mail, 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. In case you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The idea behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you may have your website hosted by one service provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting

If you have a Linux web hosting through our company, you'll be able to view, create and change any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. So long as a particular domain has our Name Servers, you are going to be able to to modify specific records via our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or emails directed to another service provider if you want to use only one of our services. Our leading-edge tool will even allow you to have a domain address hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted elsewhere by modifying only its A record - this will not affect the main domain the slightest bit. If you decide to use the email services of another company and they want you to set up more than 2 MX records, you can easily do that with just a few clicks in the DNS Records section of your CP. You may also set different latency for every single MX record i.e. which one is going to have priority.