Each registered domain has a minimum of 2 Name Server records which show where it is hosted i.e. by using these records you point your domain address to the servers of a certain web hosting company. In this way, you've got both your website and your emails managed by the very same provider. On the lower level of the Domain Name System (DNS), however, there are lots of other records, like A and MX. The former shows which server manages the site for a given domain address and is always an IP address (22.214.171.124), while the latter shows which server manages the e-mails and is always an alphanumeric string (mx1.domain.com). As an illustration, any time you enter a domain address in your browser, your request is directed through the global DNS system to the company whose NS records the domain uses and from there you will be forwarded to the servers of another company if you have set an IP address of the latter as an A record for your Internet domain. Having different records for the site and the emails suggests that you may have your website and your e-mails with two different providers if you'd like.
Custom MX and A Records in Cloud Web Hosting
If you have a cloud web hosting account with our company and you wish to move either your site or your emails to a different company, it's going to take you literally only two clicks to do so. Our Hepsia CP comes with an easy-to-use DNS Records tool, where all your domains and subdomains are going to 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 e-mail provider and they ask you to set up more MX records than the default two, it won't take more than a few mouse clicks either to add them. Also you can set different latency for these records and the lower the latency, the greater the priority a particular MX record will have. The propagation of any record that you change or create isn't going to take more than several hours and if needed, you will also be able to set the so-called Time-To-Live value, that reveals how long a record will remain active after it's modified or deleted.