Each registered domain name has at least two Name Server records which show where it is hosted i.e. by using these records you direct your domain name to the servers of a certain website hosting provider. This way, you've got both your website and your emails handled by the exact same provider. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), nevertheless, there are a number of other records, like A and MX. The first one reveals which server handles the site for a given domain name and is always an IP address (123.123.123.123), while the latter reveals which server deals with the emails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). As an example, any time you type a domain address in your browser, your request is directed through the global DNS system to the company whose NS records the domain uses and from there you will be sent to the servers of a different provider if you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your domain name. Having separate records for the site and the e-mails means that you could have your website and your e-mails with two different providers if you would like.

Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting

If you have a shared hosting account from our company and you would like to move either your site or your emails to a different provider, it is going to take you literally simply 2 mouse clicks to do so. 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 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 won't take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. You can even set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a particular MX record is going to have. The propagation of any record that you modify or set up isn't going to take more than a few hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that shows how long a record will remain active after it's modified or deleted.