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Setting MX records manually can be useful if you want to host your site on one server but handle email via another server or hosting company. If you have access to WHM (Web Host Manager – the interface you typically get with a cPanel-based hosting provider on a multi-site plan), you can usually set MX records yourself. If you do not, submit a support ticket to your hosting provider.
Adding And Setting MX Records In WHM (Web Host Manager)
- Log into WHM (via your website, i.e. example.com/whm)
- Under “DNS Functions,” click on “Edit DNS Zone”
- Choose the domain name for which you wish to set MX records and click “edit”
- Add new records (usually two) pointing to the server (domain name) that is hosting your email, in the following format:
domain name | TTL | Record Type | Priority | MX Record
example.com. | 14400 | MX | 0 | mx1.example.com.
Important – remember to place periods after the domain name and MX record entries!
Lastly, erase the values for your old MX entry and click “save.”
You have successfully created new MX record entries, setting your email to be handled by another server. Post any questions or comments below!
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