Whenever you add a domain name as hosted in some account, you typically set a pair of Name Servers to direct it to that particular service provider. On their end, three records are set up automatically the moment the domain is added - one A record and two MX records. The first one is a numeric address, or IP address, that “tells” the domain where its website is, while the other two are alphanumeric and they reveal the server that manages the emails for that particular domain. The site and the e-mail hosting are usually perceived as one thing, while they are in fact two different services. Having independent records for them will enable you to have them with different companies if you want. For instance, some new company could have superb uptime for your site, but you may not want to switch your emails from your current host and by employing an A record to point the domain to the former and MX records to have the e-mails with the second, you will get the best of both companies. These records are checked when you wish to open a website or send an e-mail - either way, the provider whose name servers are used for the domain name will be contacted to retrieve the A and MX records and if you've set records different from their own, the right web/mail server will then be contacted and you'll see the needed website or your email will be delivered.
Custom MX and A Records in Web Hosting
If you have a web hosting account through our company and you want to move either your site or your emails to a different provider, it's going to take you literally simply 2 clicks to do so. 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 want to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default 2, it is not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a given MX record is going to have. The propagation of each record that you change or set up will not take more than a few hours and if required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which reveals how long a record will stay active after it is changed or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you buy a semi-dedicated server plan from us, you will be able to see and change the A and MX records for every one of the domain addresses or subdomains that you host in the account. The Hepsia CP, which you will get to take care of the account, provides an advanced, though easy-to-use tool where all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you are going to be able to edit their records with no more than a few mouse clicks. If you have to set up a new record, it'll be equally easy - pick the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you're going to be all set. Additionally, you'll be able to set different priority for the MX records that you create in case you want to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to set up additional records apart from the 2 standard ones. If you ever encounter any troubles, we have a comprehensive Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to setup or edit any record.