The definition of “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but several services that provide a variety of functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, for example, are two independent services though in the general case they come together, so most people see them as one single service. The truth is, each and every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the site for the domain is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain. As an example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a website or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will be sent to the correct server. The reasoning behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you may have your site hosted by one provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting

With a cloud website hosting package from us, you're going to be able to set up or change the A and MX records of your domain names and subdomains with ease by using our innovative Hepsia hosting CP. Changing the default records will take 2 clicks and the creation of a new record requires just a couple of more clicks, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters, you'll not experience any difficulties. We also have an extensive help section that will make things even easier. If you want to change your email provider and you have to set up several MX records in addition to the standard two, you can pick their priority i.e. which record is going to deal with your e-mails first when somebody sends you a message. Normally the new provider will tell you what these values should be. With our shared plans, you are going to have 100 % control over your domain names and subdomains and you are going to be able to manage their A and MX records easily and at any time.