The term “hosting” does not describe only one service, but a set of services which provide different functions to a domain. Having a website and e-mails, for instance, are two independent services though in the general case they come together, so many people consider them as one single service. Actually, each 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, that specifies where the site for the domain address is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain name. As an example, an A record can be 123.123.123.123 and an MX record is mx1.domain.com. Every time you open a site or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain name has and the traffic/message is first forwarded to that company. In case you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the email will be directed to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you may have your site hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting
If you have a shared website hosting account through our company and you want to point either your site or your e-mails to a different service provider, it's going to take you literally simply two mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you will be able to see and modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you wish to use a different email provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default two, it is not going to take more than a few clicks either to add them. You could 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 set up won't take more than several hours and if needed, 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 is modified or deleted.