Custom MX and A Records
Discover what MX records and A records are, how they affect your websites and how to change them.
The definition of “hosting” does not describe only one service, but a set of services that provide numerous functions to a domain name. Having a website and emails, for instance, are two independent services despite the fact that in the general case they come together, so a lot of people think of them as one single service. Actually, each and every domain has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that handles each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, which defines where the website for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the e-mails for the domain. As an illustration, an A record can be 126.96.36.199 and an MX record would be mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a site or send an e-mail, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a domain address has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. When you have custom records on their end, the browser request or the e-mail will then be sent to the correct server. The concept behind using separate records is that the two services use different web protocols and you could have your website hosted by one company and the emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting
The Hepsia hosting CP, that comes with each and every Linux shared hosting
we offer, allows you to see, change and create A and MX records for any domain or subdomain in your account. Using the DNS Records section, you'll be able to view a list of all hosts inside the account from a to z with their related records, so any update is not going to take you more than a couple of clicks. Setting up new records is as easy if, for example, you want to use the email services of a different company and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default 2. You can even set the priority for every MX record by setting different latency. To put it differently, when your emails are delivered, the sending server is going to contact the record with the smallest latency first and in case the connection times out, it is going to contact the next one. Through our advanced tool, you'll be able to handle the records of your domains and subdomains easily even though you may have no prior experience with such matters.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting CP, provided with our semi-dedicated servers
, will enable you to view the A and MX records for every one of the domain addresses or subdomains in your account and if required, to change any of them or create new ones. Controlling these records is quite easy since all domains/subdomains will be listed alphabetically, so modifying 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 if you experience any difficulties, you can check out our instructional videos on how to create A and MX records. Our system is intuitive enough to be used by people with no previous experience, yet sophisticated enough to give you total control of all records and to enable you to have different A records even for domain.com and www.domain.com. If you are pointing your e-mails to a different service provider and they ask you to create more than 2 different MX records, you can select the priority of each one.