The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe one service, but a set of services that offer different functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, for instance, are two individual services even though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people think of them as one single service. In fact, every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the former is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the e-mails for the domain. As an illustration, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each time you open a site 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 directed to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will then be directed to the correct server. The idea behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you could have your site hosted by one service provider and the e-mail messages by another.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting

With a shared website hosting plan from our company, you will be able to set up or modify the A and MX records of your domain addresses and subdomains easily via our state-of-the-art Hepsia hosting CP. Editing the default records will take 2 clicks and the setup of a new record takes only a few more clicks, so in case you have never dealt with such matters, you won't encounter any problems. We also have an extensive help section that'll make things even easier. If you would like to change your email provider and you have to create several MX records in addition to the standard two, you may choose their priority i.e. which record is going to deal with your e-mails first when somebody sends you a message. Usually the new provider will tell you what these values ought to be. With our shared plans, you'll have 100 % control of your domain names and subdomains and you're going to be able to manage their A and MX records very easily and at any time.