Any time you add a domain as hosted in some account, you typically set a pair of Name Servers to direct it to that particular service provider. On their end, three records are created automatically right after the domain name is added - one A record and two MX records. The former is a numeric address, or IP address, that “tells” the domain where its site is, while the other two are alphanumeric and they show the server that handles the e-mails for that particular domain name. The site and the e-mail hosting are generally considered to be one thing, when they are actually two different services. Having independent records for them will allow you to have them with different providers if you want. For instance, some new company might have excellent uptime for your website, but you might not want to switch your e-mail messages from your current host and by using an A record to point the domain to the former and MX records to have the e-mails with the second, you can get the best of both providers. These records are checked when you wish to open a site or send an email - in any case, the provider whose name servers are used for the Internet domain is going to be contacted to retrieve the A and MX records and if you have set records different from their own, the right web/mail server will then be contacted and you are going to see the needed website or your email will be delivered.

Custom MX and A Records in Website Hosting

If you have a website hosting account with our company and you want to direct either your website or your e-mails to an alternative provider, it will take you literally just two mouse clicks to do so. Our Hepsia Control Panel comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you choose to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default 2, it will not take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or set up won't take more than several hours and if required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will stay active after it's modified or deleted.

Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers

The Hepsia hosting CP, included with our semi-dedicated servers, will allow you to view the A and MX records for any of the domain addresses or subdomains in your account and if required, to change any of them or create new ones. Managing these records is very easy since all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so updating a record is as simple as entering it in a box and saving the change. Setting up a new one takes only a few more clicks and if you experience any problems, you can check out our educational videos on how to set up A and MX records. Our system is user-friendly enough to be used by people with no previous experience, yet advanced enough to give you complete control over all records and to enable you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are pointing your emails to a different provider and they ask you to create more than 2 different MX records, you can select the priority of each one.