How to change a DNS only MX record to being Proxied MX record?

Under DNS Management I am getting a notice that my one and only MX record for my website/domain is a DNS only record and that it should be changed to a Proxied record. How do I do that?

An MX record can’t be proxied, nor should it be, as Cloudflare doesn’t proxy email traffic. It’s just a pointer to a hostname.

Is there an issue you’re trying to solve?

Under DNS Management on my only MX record, I have a flag note that says, “This record exposes the IP behind which you have proxied through Cloudflare.” The MX record itself is not shown as proxied. Following recommended notes, it read as if the solution was to take non-proxy records and turn them into proxied records.

Does the flag note really mean that there is an issue or not? Is this something to fix or do I just ignore the flag note?

I am not sure what all this is trying to tell me. Why show a flag note and say that I am exposing something if it is not an issue. Very confusing…

Since Cloudflare does not proxy email, any hostname you use for mail delivery (send/receive) can’t be set to :orange: Proxy. Your ‘mail’ hostname needs to be DNS-Only.

So, naturally, because you host email on the same server as your website, you have to expose the IP address of that server. This is unavoidable unless you host your email separately.

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Thank you for your reply. Your answer makes perfect sense. In the back of my mind, my assumption was to just ignore the flag, but I wanted to know if there was a real issue. When I followed the trail it took me to the statement that said that I needed to change the DNS-only to proxied so that is why I asked since I could not find a way to do that.

Maybe there should be a statement that says if the flag is in regards to an MX record that it should be ignored unless I wanted to move my email to another server.

Any idea as to how serious this is? My host has other email hosting arrangements, but they cost more money. Is it worth the extra investment? I also use another hosting site for one personal website. In the past, their email was not reliable and I was getting blacklisted because of other folks that were being hosted on that server. That is why I am at my current host for all my business websites. They are a highly regarded web host, but it is shared hosting.

Thanks for any insight you can provide to me on my situation.

I would have answered sooner, but I have been ill for a few days. This is my first time back on the Internet since I last emailed you.

Thomas Chapo

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