The term “hosting” does not describe a particular service, but a set of services which provide different functions to a domain. Having a site and e-mails, as an illustration, are two separate services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so many people see them as one single service. In fact, each domain name 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, that identifies where the website for the domain name is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain address. For example, an A record is and an MX record is Every time you open a site or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a Internet domain 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 e-mail 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 could have your website hosted by one provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting

If you have a Linux cloud website hosting through our company, you will be able to see, create and modify any A or MX record for your domains. Assuming that a given domain name has our Name Servers, you are going to be able to to change particular records through our Hepsia hosting CP and have your website or e-mails pointed to any other service provider if you wish to use only one of our services. Our sophisticated tool will permit you to have a domain address hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted someplace else by changing only its A record - this will not affect the main domain address at all. If you want to use the e-mail services of a different provider and they want you to create more than 2 MX records, you can easily do it with just a few clicks within the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. You can also set different latency for every MX record i.e. which one is going to have priority.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

Accessing and modifying the A or MX records for any of your domain addresses or subdomains is very easy if you buy a semi-dedicated server plan through us. The accounts are maintained through our in-house built Hepsia CP, which has a section devoted to the DNS records of your domains. The latter is going to be listed alphabetically and you may click on any of them to see both the A and the MX records. Modifying any record is as simple as entering the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters before, you will not experience any troubles if you choose to direct your website or e-mails to another company while keeping the second service with our company. When required, you may also set up additional MX records and set a specific priority in accordance with the recommendations of the new provider.