How do i Use Godaddy shared hosting cpanel emails with Digital Ocean web hosting

Posted February 23, 2020 2.3k views
EmailDNSInitial Server Setup

I have already read in some other questions on how we can continue using email server from godaddy (my domain is on godaddy) while using the digital ocean to host my web application.

I have tried directing the domain name to digital ocean by changing the A records to the ip address of my droplet. but when i do that my emails do not work.

The emails were setup in cpanel godaddy and i want it to remain there while i use DO hosting.

Can anyone tell me which records to change so that my configuration starts working?
All help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
Currently my godaddy details look something like this.

Type Name Value TTL
A @ (ipaddress of droplet) 10800 seconds
CNAME mail @ 1 Hour
CNAME webdisk @ 10800 seconds
CNAME webdisk.admin @ 10800 seconds
CNAME webmail @ 10800 seconds
CNAME whm @ 10800 seconds
CNAME www @ 10800 seconds
CNAME www.admin @ 10800 seconds
CNAME _domainconnect 1 Hour
MX @ (Priority: 0) 1 Hour
NS @ 1 Hour

NS @ 1 Hour

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Hi @techseeker,

It seems you’ve created a mail CNAME record pointing to your root domain. Which in terms means as soon as you change your root A record, everything else will use that.

To fix this, change your MX record from to point to your GoDaddy Hosting’s server name and then change your A record to point to your Droplet with DigitalOcean.