When you add a domain name as hosted in some account, you normally set a pair of Name Servers to direct it to that specific service provider. On their end, three records are set up automatically right after the domain name is added - one A record and two MX records. The former is a numeric address, or IP address, which “tells” the domain address where its website is, while the other two are alphanumeric and they indicate the server that handles the e-mails for that particular Internet domain. The website and the e-mail hosting are often regarded as one thing, while they're actually two different services. Having different records for them will allow you to have them with different providers if you would like. As an illustration, some new company can have fantastic uptime for your website, but you might not want to switch your e-mails from your current host and by employing an A record to point the domain to the first and MX records to have the e-mails with the second, you will get the best of both providers. These records are checked when you want to open a website or send an email - in either case, the company whose name servers are used for the domain name is going to be contacted to retrieve the A and MX records and if you have set records different from their own, the correct web/mail server will then be contacted and you are going to see the needed site or your email is going to be delivered.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting CP, provided with our semi-dedicated hosting plans, will enable you to see the A and MX records for any of the domain names or subdomains in your account and if needed, to update any of them or set up new ones. Controlling these records is quite easy because all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as easy as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes a few more clicks and in case you experience any difficulties, you can check out our instructional videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by individuals with no previous experience, yet advanced enough to provide you with total control over all records and to permit you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you're moving your emails to a different provider and they ask you to set up more than 2 different MX records, you can choose the priority of each one.