The definition of “hosting” doesn't describe only one service, but a variety of services that offer various functions to a domain name. Having a site and emails, as an example, are two individual services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so most of the people see them as one single service. Actually, every domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each specific service - the first one is a numeric IP address, which specifies where the website 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 name. As an example, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is 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 Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the Internet browser request or the e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The concept behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one company and the e-mails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Website Hosting
If you have a website hosting account through our company and you want to point either your website or your e-mails to an alternative company, it will take you literally simply 2 mouse clicks to do this. Our Hepsia Control Panel offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names 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 wish to use a different email provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the standard 2, it will not take more than a few clicks either to add them. You may also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of each record that you modify or create will not take more than several hours and if required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which reveals how long a record will stay active after it is modified or deleted.