Every registered domain has at least 2 Name Server records that show where it's hosted i.e. by using these records you direct your domain name to the servers of a particular web hosting provider. In this way, you have both your website and your e-mails handled by the exact same service provider. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), however, there is a variety of other records, such as A and MX. The former reveals 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 emails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). As an example, whenever you type a domain name in your web browser, your request is forwarded through the global DNS system to the company whose NS records the domain uses and from there you may be forwarded to the servers of a different service provider in case you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your domain. Having independent records for the website and the emails suggests that you could have your site and your emails with two different providers if you wish.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting
With a shared hosting plan from us, you are going to be able to set up or modify the A and MX records of your domains and subdomains easily using our innovative Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Changing the default records takes two clicks and the setup of a new record takes only a couple of more clicks, so although you may have never dealt with such matters, you won't encounter any complications. We've got a large help section that makes things even easier. If you'd like to change your e-mail provider and you have to set up a number of MX records in addition to the default 2, you can choose their priority i.e. which record will deal with your e-mails first when somebody sends you a message. Normally the new provider is going to tell you what these values need to be. With our shared plans, you are going to have full control of your domain names and subdomains and you'll be able to manage their A and MX records very easily and at any time.