Every registered domain has no less than 2 Name Server records that show where it's hosted i.e. by using these records you point your domain address to the servers of a specific website hosting company. That way, you've got both your website and your e-mails handled by the very same company. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), however, there is a variety of other records, for example A and MX. The former reveals which server handles the website for a given domain name and is always an IP address (123.123.123.123), while the latter reveals which server handles the emails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). As an illustration, when you enter a domain name in your web browser, your request is sent through the global DNS system to the company whose NS records the domain uses and from there you could be sent to the servers of another service provider if you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your Internet domain. Having independent records for the website and the e-mails means you could have your website and your emails with 2 different providers if you'd like.
Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting
If you have a web hosting account through our company and you want to direct either your website or your e-mails to another provider, it will take you literally just two mouse clicks to do it. 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'll be able to see and modify 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 create more MX records than the standard two, it will not take more than a few mouse 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 is going to have. The propagation of every record that you modify or create will not take more than several hours and if needed, 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 Hosting
With the Linux semi-dedicated hosting we provide, you'll have total control over the records of all domains and subdomains which you add in your hosting account. You can easily check what A and MX records each of them has via the DNS Records section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and changing any record takes just a couple of mouse clicks. If you choose to change your web or e-mail hosting provider, you can update the necessary record and point your domain name to the other company for one of the services, while you still keep using the other one through us. You may also keep the main domain name here, while you edit the A record of only one of its subdomains. In case you are editing the MX records and you need additional ones on top of the default 2 that we have, you could create them with ease and set a different priority for every single one.