Email Configuration Difficulties

  • Posted June 25, 2013

I have the DNS of my site ( pointed to Digital Ocean via

But my email is not working. Is there a way to have my site hosted by Digital Ocean and my email server run through my “traditional” hosting company (

If so, how would I do this?

I should add that I don’t use Google Apps for my email. I’d like to get all email addresses from to be accessible on my phone, Thunderbird, etc.


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Awesome! Really glad to hear that, @dave! :D

@Kamal Yep, we’re good! When I added the A record earlier today, it was almost instantaneous, so I assumed the MX would be the same. <br> <br>But now I’m able to send and receive emails. Thank you so much for the help!

@dave It’s possible that your new DNS config has no propagated across all dns resolvers - your MX setup is correct. I recommend waiting a few hours and then see if you receive emails.

I’m now able to send emails from Thunderbird and my phone from two of my emails on, but I can’t receive any emails. <br> <br>For the MX records, I put in “” with a priority of 10. Did you mean for me to put two entries in for MX? <br> <br>Thanks for your help Kamal, I’m one step closer to the solution.

Since you’ll be switching the A record of to your DigitalOcean droplet (and off Site5), you have to create a new record that points to your Site5 IP: <br> <br> A your.old.site5.ip <br> MX 10 mail (OR: MX 10

To make sure I understand you Dan: <br> <br>- I’d grab my MX records off Site5 (which is “”, with a priority of 10) <br>- Input that info as a MX record on Digital Ocean <br> <br>And that’s it?

Absolutely. But you’ll need to work with to get the MX records you need to add to your DNS information to use the Site5 mail servers.