Each registered domain name has at least two Name Server records that show where it is hosted i.e. by using these records you direct your domain address to the servers of a certain hosting provider. In this way, you have both your website and your e-mails handled by the exact same provider. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), however, there are a number of other records, for example A and MX. The former shows which server handles the site for a given domain and is always an IP address (123.123.123.123), while the second one indicates which server deals with the e-mails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). As an illustration, when you enter a domain address in your browser, your request is sent through the global DNS system to the provider whose NS records the domain uses and from there you will be directed to the servers of another service provider provided you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your domain. Having independent records for the website and the e-mails means you may have your website and your e-mails with 2 different companies if you would like.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting
If you have a cloud hosting account with our company and you want to move either your website or your emails to another service provider, it'll take you literally only 2 mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia Control Panel provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you are going to be able to see and modify the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you decide to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to create more MX records than the default 2, it is not going to 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 certain MX record is going to have. The propagation of every record that you modify or create will not take more than a few hours and if necessary, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which indicates how long a record will remain active after it is changed or deleted.