The word “hosting” doesn't describe one service, but several services that provide different functions to a domain address. Having a site and emails, for example, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so most of the people see them as one single service. The truth is, every single domain has a couple 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 specifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the e-mails for the domain address. As an example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a website or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain name has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the email will be directed to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you could have your site hosted by one provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting

If you have a cloud website hosting account through our company and you want to switch either your site or your e-mails to a different service provider, it's going to take you literally only 2 clicks to do so. Our Hepsia Control Panel offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you are going to be able to see and change 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 can even set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of every record that you change or set up isn't going to take more than several hours and if necessary, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which indicates how long a record will stay active after it's modified or deleted.