When you add a domain name as hosted in some account, you typically set a pair of Name Servers to point it to that specific provider. On their end, 3 records are set up automatically when the domain is added - one A record and two MX records. The first one is a numeric address, or IP address, that “tells” the domain name where its website is, while the other two are alphanumeric and they reveal the server that deals with the emails for that particular domain. The website and the e-mail hosting are generally considered to be one thing, while they're in reality two different services. Having independent records for them will permit you to have them with different providers if you want. As an example, some new service provider could have excellent uptime for your website, but you may not want to switch your e-mail messages from your current host and by employing an A record to point the domain to the first and MX records to have the e-mails with the latter, you could get the best of both providers. These records are checked when you want to open a site or send an email - either way, the company whose name servers are used for the Internet domain is going to be contacted to retrieve the A and MX records and if you've set records different from their own, the right 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 Hosting

If you have a cloud hosting account with our company and you would like to direct either your website or your emails to an alternative service provider, it will take you literally only 2 mouse clicks to do so. Our Hepsia Control Panel offers 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 choose to use a different email provider and they ask you to create 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 particular MX record is going to have. The propagation of every record that you modify or create will not take more than several hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that indicates how long a record will stay active after it is changed or deleted.