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Using Serversaurus’ nameservers but hosting your email elsewhere

This article will teach you how to update your domain to use Serversaurus nameservers but retain your external email hosting

1. Determine what your current MX records are

You will need to figure out what the MX records (which instruct mail servers and clients about where a domain's email service is hosted).

You can do this either on a terminal on Mac OS X or UNIX-like systems (via `dig +short mx`)

Or you can look it up online using a tool such as MXToolbox. In either case, copy the records down somewhere.

2. Setup the MX records in cPanel

Login to your cPanel account. If you have forgotten your cPanel credentials, they were included in the original Welcome to Serversaurus or IMPORTANT: Hosting Documentation email which you can find in your inbox ,otherwise follow the instructions on how to update your cPanel password.

Navigate to the Zone Editor function, using the Find function in cPanel to help you.

You should now view a list of the domains hosted under your account. To the right of the domain you want to update, select Manage.

Delete any current MX records and then re-enter all of the MX records you copied down previously.

You can add your new MX records by selecting Add Record and enter the previously copied records into the appropriate fields.

3. Update your mail routing to Remote.

For the server to route to a remote mail server we need to update the email routing settings, you can do this by navigating to the Email Routing function in cPanel.

Select your domain from the drop down list, then select Remote Mail Exchanger under Configure Email Routing.

4. Update your nameservers

At your registrar change your nameservers for the domain to:

Once those steps are complete, your mail will continue to be delivered to the current mail provider without any downtime!

Last updated November 30, 2023

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