Every single registered domain name has a minimum of 2 Name Server records that show where it is hosted i.e. by using these records you direct your Internet domain to the servers of a particular web hosting company. This way, you have both your website and your e-mails managed by the exact same company. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), however, there are a number of other records, for instance A and MX. The first one reveals which server manages the website for a given domain and is always an IP address (123.123.123.123), while the second one indicates which server deals with the emails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). As an example, when you type a domain in your web browser, your request is forwarded through the global DNS system to the provider whose NS records the domain address uses and from there you could be sent to the servers of a different company if you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your domain address. Having different records for the website and the emails means that you could have your website and your e-mails with two different companies if you'd like.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Website Hosting

If you have a shared website hosting account with our company and you want to direct either your site or your emails to an alternative provider, it will take you literally just 2 clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP offers an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains are going to be listed alphabetically and you're going to be able to see and change 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 set up more MX records than the standard 2, it's not going to take more than a few clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a certain MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you modify or set up won't take more than a few hours and if required, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which shows how long a record will remain active after it's modified or deleted.