MX Record Tutorial

Learn how to configure the MX records for your domain name

If you have your domain name pointed elsewhere, but you wish to have your mail handled by SiteGround, you can easily achieve this by pointing your domain's MX (Mail eXchange) record to us.

To do that, you should change the MX record of your domain to point to your server's hostname. For example, if your account is hosted on sitegroundXXX.com, then you should change your MX record to: sitegroundXXX.com.

If your domain name is managed by SiteGround, you can easily manage its MX records from your cPanel -> MX Entry tool.

When you access the tool you should choose the desired domain name from the drop down. Once you do, the tool will show the current MX records for the domain name.

At the bottom of the page you can use the Revert Default button to revert the default MX records for the domain name and the Set Google MX button to automatically point the MX records for your domain name to GMail.

If these two predefined options are not suitable for you, you can use the Advanced MX Editor tool in cPanel to manually set the desired DNS records.

Choose the desired domain name from the drop down menu. You will see an Email Routing section that will allow you to choose routing of the domain name.


  • Local Mail Exchanger - deliver the incoming mails for the domain name to our server
  • Backup Mail Exchanger - if the primary receiving server cannot handle emails at the moment, our server will hold the messages until the main one becomes available
  • Remote Mail Exchanger - all incoming emails for the domain name will be routed to the server where the MX records point

In the next section, named Add a New Record, you can manually add new MX records for your domain name.

With the section at the bottom - MX Records, you can edit or remove any of the existing MX records for your domain name.