Each registered domain has a minimum of two Name Server records that show where it is hosted i.e. by using these records you direct your domain to the servers of a particular hosting provider. That way, you've got both your website and your e-mails handled by the exact same provider. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), on the other hand, there is a variety of other records, for instance A and MX. The first one reveals which server handles the site for a given domain and is always an IP address (123.123.123.123), while the latter reveals which server manages the e-mails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). For instance, whenever you type a domain in your web browser, your request is forwarded through the global DNS system to the provider whose NS records the domain uses and from there you may be directed to the servers of a different provider provided you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your domain. Having different records for the website and the e-mails means you can have your website and your e-mails with two different companies if you wish.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting
If you have a cloud hosting account through our company and you wish to point either your site or your emails to a different company, it is going to take you literally just two mouse clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will 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 create more MX records than the default two, it's not going to take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or create isn't going to take more than several hours and if needed, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that shows how long a record will remain active after it's modified or deleted.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Accessing and changing the A or MX records for any of your domain addresses or subdomains is extremely easy if you acquire a semi-dedicated server plan from us. The accounts are handled through our in-house built Hepsia CP, which includes a section dedicated to the DNS records of your domain addresses. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you may click on each of them to see both the A and the MX records. Changing any record will be as easy as entering the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even when you have never dealt with such matters before, you will not experience any troubles if you want to switch your site or e-mails to a different provider while keeping the second service with our company. When needed, you can also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority depending on the recommendations of the new provider.