An SRV record is a DNS record, which is used to forward a domain name to a third-party server and employ it for a service different from an Internet site. This can be a Voice-Over-IP server, a video streaming service, an instant messaging system, and many others. When an SRV record is set up, you could specify an Internet Protocol the domain address will use and the port, that will be used to connect to the remote server. Furthermore, provided that you have many SRV records for the same service, you could set different priorities and weights for every one of them, so that you can spread the load between many machines. Such a record will allow you to employ the same domain or subdomains under it with different providers, so you could use it for different purposes even if you are not able to get all of the services from just one provider.

SRV Records in Website Hosting

The Hepsia CP, provided with each and every Linux website hosting package we offer, provides you with an easy means to set up any DNS record you require for a domain address or a subdomain within your account. The user-friendly interface is much more simple than what other companies offer and you won’t have to do anything more difficult than to fill a couple of boxes. For a new SRV record, you will need to log in, go to the DNS Records section and click on the "New" button. Within the small pop-up which will appear, you have to input the service, protocol and port info. You can even set the priority and weight values, which should be between 1 and 100, that will make a difference if you have at least two servers managing the exact same service. If you work with a machine from a different provider, they could also require you to set a TTL value different from the default 3600 seconds. This value specifies how long the newly created record will remain operational after you edit it in the future.