What is an MX Record?
An MX Record is a DNS record that helps servers decide where to send mail for any given domain. You can use them to send mail to a different server from the one where your website is hosted, or to designate a backup mail server.
Edit Your MX Record to Send Mail to Another Server
cPanel manages your email through it's own server. However, by altering your MX entry you can point your email to another server if needed. To send your mail to another server by editing your MX entries:
Log into cPanel
Click the Modify Mail Exchanger (MX Entry) link in the Mail area
Click the Change an MX Entry link
Enter the domain name of the new MX Entry in the available field
Note: you can only change the entry to a domain name (like yourURL.com), not an IP (Internet Protocol) address.
Click the Change button
Add Any Additional Records (like for Google Apps)
To set up your domain to work with Google Apps mail:
Login into your cPanel (which is usually available at 'http://example.com/cpanel' where example.com is your actual domain name)
Navigate to MX Entry
If you have only one domain on your account, you will see MX Entries at the bottom of the screen, if you use any add-on or parked domains you may have to select the domain you wish to edit from the dropdown menu
If there is any MX Entry already present for the domain, delete it
Add the following records:
Use Google Interface to Log Into Your Mail
Additionally, you may want to direct your mail.example.com record to Google Apps so that you can, for example, use it to login to your mail interface. Wait out the DNS propagation; this can take up to 48 hours on some networks, however it's usually less time.
To do this:
Log into cPanel and open up Advanced DNS Zone Editor
You will see a mail.example.com record (where example.com is your actual domain name you're adding Google Apps mail for) there, which is a CNAME record.
- Change it to ghs.google.com
After the DNS propagates, this record will begin to function.
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