Trouble with MX Records. Using a external email hosting.

December 15, 2015 3.7k views
Debian Email DigitalOcean DNS


So am trying to setup email’s for my Droplet via my other shared hosting service.

I am also using Cloudflare CDN.

In Cloudflare DNS I have:

A: points to 123.456.789.11 (droplet IP)
A: mail points to (external hosting IP for mail server)
CNAME: www is an alias of
MX: mail handled by

Still nothing. Just to confirm, because my domain name server is pointing to Cloudflare. Is this all that is needed or do I need to also add the MX records to Digital Ocean Droplet.

Any help, thanks.

edited by jarland
2 Answers

Hi there!

It seems like you’re on the right path here. I see the MX record for your domain pointing to another server. Are you receiving mail now? DNS propagation may have played a role in the reason why you did not at first.

If I can be of any further assistance, please be sure to let me know.

Kind Regards,
Platform Support Specialist

Hi Guys! I am with the same problem here..everything is the same as above…but I am not reciving emails..

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