The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but several services which provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, as an example, are two independent services though in the general case they come together, so many people consider them as one single service. In reality, every single domain name has a several DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that identifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain address. As an example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a site 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 forwarded to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the email will then be forwarded to the correct server. The idea behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting

With a cloud hosting plan from our company, you're going to be able to create or change the A and MX records of your domains and subdomains easily by using our state-of-the-art Hepsia hosting CP. Modifying the default records takes two clicks and the setup of a new record requires just a few more clicks, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters, you will not experience any difficulties. We also have an extensive help section that'll make things even easier. If you want to switch your email provider and you have to set up several MX records in addition to the default two, you can select their priority i.e. which record will manage your emails first when someone sends you a message. Usually the new provider is going to tell you what these values should be. With our shared plans, you're going to have total control of your domains and subdomains and you're going to be able to handle their A and MX records very easily and at any time.