Hi, I’m trying to add MX records to Cloudflare so I can link my domain email. I have the number from Fasthosts, but they couldn’t tell me the name - said i have to find this in Cloudflare. They just leave it blank, but this isn’t working - it says it needs a “hostname”. No idea where or how to find this. Please help! (the name iven in fasthosts mx records isn’t working either)
MX records must contain a hostname, not an IP address.
As all you have is the IP address of your mail server, you need to create an A record with that address, make sure that record is , and then point your MX at that newly created record.
It does not matter what name you use for the A record, the usual convention is
mail.example.com, but it can be anything you like, so long as it is and you point your MX record at it.
Thanks so much for your reply.
So… I create an A record in Cloudflare with Fasthosts IP address, and anything as the name? And by the grey cloud, do you mean that under “Proxy status” i pus “DNS only” - the grey cloud with an arrow above it?
Then I set up an MX record also on cloudflare and point it to the A record how?
I’m sorry, I’m finding this all very confusing!
Thanks for your reply. Was your message deleted? I can’t see it on the thread?
Anyways, a screen shot is below. I want to add an MX record for awakenyourmedicine.life so that I can access the mail through my mail program on mac. When I try either @ or awakenyourmedicine.life or the email address, it says the content must be a hostname.
Any ideas? Thank you.
Hi Michael, thanks for your reply. (my previous reply was to someone else).
I created the A record then an MX record, but the MX isn’t under the A, like on your example…
The order does not matter. You created a record for the
awakenyourmedicine.life, not for
so, change the content of MX record to awakenyourmedicine.life? Or change the names of A and/or MX to mail.awakenyourmedicine.life?
Yes, I removed my questions when Michael replied with more info.
The name of your MX record should be
awakenyourmedicine.life and the content
mail.awakenyourmedicine.life. The name of the A record should be
mail.awakenyourmedicine.life and the content should be the IP address.
Just like Michael’s screenshot from earlier.
Thank you both soooo much!!! Got it sorted now phew, it took many hours out of today, so I’m very relieved now that it is sorted. Thanks for your generosity in helping me with it
How can I assign a non-standard port for my mail.mysite.com? For example, I configured my personal mail server to use smtp port 2525 because the standard port 25 is closed by my ISP.
Cloudflare does not allow records like IP: 2525 or mail.mysite.com:2525 in DNS settings.
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