The word “hosting” doesn't describe just one service, but a set of services that provide numerous functions to a domain. Having a site and e-mails, for example, are two independent services even though in the general case they come together, so a lot of people see them as one single service. In fact, every domain name has a number of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, that specifies where the website for the domain name is loaded from, while the latter is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that manages the emails for the domain. For instance, an A record is 123.123.123.123 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Whenever you open a site or send an email, the global DNS servers are contacted to check the name servers that a Internet domain has and the traffic/message is first directed to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the email will then be sent to the correct server. The idea behind using separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your site hosted by one provider and the e-mail messages by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Semi-dedicated Servers
Accessing and modifying the A or MX records for any of your domain addresses or subdomains is extremely easy if you get a semi-dedicated server plan from us. The accounts are managed via our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel, which includes a section devoted to the DNS records of your domain addresses. The latter will be listed alphabetically and you could click on each of them to see both the A and the MX records. Editing any record is as easy as typing in the new one in a text box and saving the change, so even though you may have never dealt with such matters before, you will not encounter any issues if you want to switch your site or emails to another company while keeping the second service with our company. If necessary, you could also create additional MX records and set a specific priority in accordance with the instructions of the new provider.