Every single registered domain name has at least 2 Name Server records which show where it is hosted i.e. by using these records you direct your domain address to the servers of a specific hosting company. That way, you have both your site and your e-mails managed by the exact same company. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), however, there is a variety of other records, for example A and MX. The first one shows which server deals with the site for a given domain address and is always an IP address (123.123.123.123), while the second one reveals which server handles the e-mails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). For example, when you type a domain 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 forwarded to the servers of a different provider in case you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your domain address. Having independent records for the website and the emails suggests that you may have your site and your emails with two different providers if you would like.
Custom MX and A Records in Shared Hosting
If you have a shared hosting account with our company and you wish to switch either your website or your e-mails to another company, it will take you literally only 2 mouse clicks to do it. Our Hepsia CP 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 choose to use a different e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the standard 2, it is not going to take more than a couple of mouse clicks either to add them. You may also set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the bigger the priority a given MX record is going to have. The propagation of every record that you modify or set up will not take more than several hours and if necessary, you'll also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, which reveals how long a record will remain active after it is changed or deleted.