The definition of “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a set of services which provide various functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, for example, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. The truth is, every single domain has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which identifies 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. As an example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a site or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain name 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 reasoning behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one service provider and the e-mail messages by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting
If you have a cloud website hosting account from our company and you would like to direct either your website or your e-mails to another provider, it is going to take you literally only 2 mouse clicks to do this. Our Hepsia Control Panel provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you wish to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the standard two, it is not going to take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a given MX record is going to have. The propagation of each record that you modify or set up isn't 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, that reveals how long a record will stay active after it's modified or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you purchase a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you're going to be able to see and edit the A and MX records for every one of the domain names or subdomains which you host within the account. The Hepsia CP, which you'll get to take care of the account, offers an state-of-the-art, although easy-to-use tool in which all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you're going to be able to modify their records with no more than several clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it'll be just as easy - choose the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you will be all set. Additionally, you will be able to set different priority for the MX records which you create in case that you want to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to create additional records other than the 2 default ones. In case you experience any issues, you will find a detailed Help section with videos in which you can see first-hand how to setup or edit any record.