The word “hosting” doesn't describe just one service, but several services which provide different functions to a domain. Having a site and emails, for instance, are two separate services though in the general case they come together, so most people consider them as one single service. In fact, every single domain name has a couple of DNS records called A and MX, which show the server that manages each particular service - the former is a numeric IP address, that defines where the site for the domain name is loaded from, while the second one is an alphanumeric string, which shows the server that handles the emails for the domain name. For example, an A record would be 18.104.22.168 and an MX record can be mx1.domain.com. Each time 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 forwarded to that company. If you have custom records on their end, the web browser request or the e-mail will then be directed to the correct server. The reasoning behind employing separate records is that the two services work with different web protocols and you can have your website hosted by one service provider and the emails by another.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Hosting
If you have a Linux cloud plan through our company, you'll be able to view, create and modify any A or MX record for your Internet addresses. So long as a given Internet domain has our Name Servers, you'll be able to change particular records via our Hepsia hosting CP and have your site or emails directed to another company if you wish to use only one of our services. Our innovative tool is going to enable you to have a domain hosted here and a subdomain below it to be hosted someplace else by modifying only its A record - this will not affect the main domain address in any way. If you choose to use the e-mail services of another provider and they want you to set up more than 2 MX records, you can easily do that with simply a couple of mouse clicks in the DNS Records section of your Control Panel. You can even set different latency for every MX record i.e. which one will have priority.