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How to create an MX record

MX records (Mail eXchange records) are part of the domain name system (DNS) and their primary use is to direct email sent to your domain name to the correct email server.

If you’ve moved to a new hosting provider, there’s a chance you may need to change or add MX records for your domain name. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what this means, as our handy guide walks you through everything you need to do.

Please Note: Changes in DNS with LCN will only take effect if you are using our nameservers. For more information on changing your nameservers see our guide here.

Let’s get started…

  1. Log in to your LCN account.
  2. Click Domains and Manage next to the domain you want to update.
  3. Click Edit DNS Settings.
  4. Click Add A MX Record.
  5. Please note: If you are editing these records, click Edit next to the record.

  6. In the Mail Server field enter the hostname of the server that will handle your emails e.g.
  7. In the Priority field enter the priority for that hostname.
  8. Please note: Many email providers use multiple servers to manage emails. If you’re using more than one MX record, the priority is used to determine which MX record is delivered to first. The lowest number assigned to a priority will be attempted first. E.g. records with a priority of 0 will be delivered to before records with a priority of 1.

  9. Click Add MX Record and allow up to 24 hours for the changes to take effect, however, this can be longer. For more information on DNS and Nameserver propagation see our guide here.

That’s it! You’ve setup an MX record on your domain.

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