Any time you add a domain name as hosted in some account, you normally set a pair of Name Servers to point it to that specific company. On their end, 3 records are created automatically right after the Internet domain is added - one A record and two MX records. The first one is a numeric address, or IP address, which “tells” the domain name where its website is, while the other two are alphanumeric and they reveal the server that handles the emails for that particular domain name. The website and the email hosting are often considered to be one thing, while they are in reality two different services. Having separate records for them will allow you to have them with different providers if you would like. For example, some new service provider can have excellent uptime for your website, but you may not want to switch your e-mails from your current host and by using an A record to point the domain name to the first and MX records to have the emails with the latter, you could get the best of both providers. These records are checked when you wish to open a site or send an e-mail - either way, the company whose name servers are used for the domain address is going to be contacted to retrieve the A and MX records and if you have set records different from their own, the correct web/mail server will then be contacted and you're going to see the needed website or your email will be delivered.

Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Website Hosting

If you have a cloud website hosting account through our company and you want to switch either your site or your emails to another provider, it'll take you literally only two clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP provides an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domain names and subdomains will be listed alphabetically and you'll be able to see and change the A and/or MX records for any of them. If you want to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default two, it's not going to take more than a couple of clicks either to add them. You could also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the higher the priority a given MX record is going to have. The propagation of each record that you modify or create will not take more than several hours and if required, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that shows how long a record will stay active after it's modified or deleted.