The term “hosting” doesn't describe just one service, but a number of services that offer various functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, for instance, are two individual services even though in the general case they come together, so many people think of them as one single service. In reality, every single domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which identifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain address. For example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a site or send an e-mail, 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. If you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the email will be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind working with separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one provider and the emails 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 site or your emails to a different company, it is going to take you literally just 2 clicks to do this. Our Hepsia CP comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you are going to be able to see and edit the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you choose to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default 2, it is not going to take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of each record that you modify or create won't take more than a few hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will remain active after it's changed or deleted.