Whenever you add a domain name as hosted in some account, you typically set a pair of Name Servers to point it to that specific company. On their end, three records are created automatically the moment the domain name is added - one A record and two MX records. The former is a numeric address, or IP address, that “tells” the domain name where its website is, while the other two are alphanumeric and they show the server that manages the e-mails for that specific domain. The site and the email hosting are typically considered to be one thing, when they're in fact two different services. Having separate records for them will permit you to have them with different providers if you'd like. For example, some new service provider could have excellent uptime for your site, but you might not want to switch your e-mail messages from your current host and by using an A record to point the domain address to the former and MX records to have the emails with the second, you could 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 will be contacted to retrieve the A and MX records and if you've set records different from their own, the correct web/mail server will then be contacted and you are going to see the needed website or your e-mail will be delivered.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting
If you have a cloud hosting account from our company and you would like to switch either your website or your e-mails to an alternative service provider, it will take you literally only two clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP 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 want to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard two, it will not take more than a few clicks either to add them. You can even set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a given MX record will have. The propagation of every record that you change or set up won't take more than several hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which reveals how long a record will stay active after it's changed or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you buy a semi-dedicated server plan through our company, you are going to be able to see and change the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains you host within the account. The Hepsia Control Panel, which you will get to handle the account, provides an state-of-the-art, albeit easy-to-use tool in which all hosts will be listed in alphabetical order and you will be able to modify their records with no more than several mouse clicks. If you have to create a new record, it's going to be just as simple - pick the domain/subdomain, enter the IP address or mail server record and you're going to be ready. You will also be able to set different priority for the MX records that you create in case that you want to use a third-party e-mail provider and they ask you to set up additional records apart from the two standard ones. If you experience any difficulties, we have a detailed Help section with videos where you can see first-hand how to create or change any record.