MX record, also known as Mail eXchanger, is a type of DNS (Domain Name System) record that specifies which mail server is responsible for receiving email messages on behalf of a domain. This record simplifies email delivery by guiding incoming emails to the right destination.
Imagine your domain as a post office. When someone sends an email to your domain (firstname.lastname@example.org), MX records tell the Internet where that post office is located.
Each MX record consists of two primary components:
The MX record has the following look in your ClouDNS Control Panel:
The answer to that question quite obvious. If there aren't any MX records for your domain, or if your MX records are pointed to a wrong location, you won't be able to receive emails. From this point of view, in order to have a faultless receiving mail service, the proper MX configuration is a must.
MX records are crucial for the following reasons:
Go to your DNS zone management page and click on Add new record. Type, as follow:
TTL: 1 Hour
Priority: from 0 to 65535 (The priority of the target host, lower value means more preferred.).
Points to: theaddress.of.the.mailserver
Here are several different ways to check MX records:
If you are a Linux or macOS user, you can check your MX records via DIG as follows:
$ dig MX example-domain.com
If you are a Windows user, you could check your MX records via nslookup. Here is an example:
$ nslookup -query=mx example-domain.com
Alternatively, you could use our Free DNS tool and check your DNS records just with several clicks.
ClouDNS provides full support for MX records for all our DNS services, including the listed below. Just write to our technical support, if you need any assistance with your MX records configuration. Our Technical Support team is online for you 24/7 via live chat and tickets.
Creating multiple MX records with different priorities is a great way to balance the load and avoid potential outages. Mail is directed to the MX record with the lowest priority or equally across the group of servers if they have the same priority.
Note that lower numbers mean higher priority. So, the highest priority possible is "0". Let's look at the following example:
In this example, emails will be sent to the lowest priority server, meaning Mail server 1. Yet, if it is overwhelmed or experiences an outage, the email will be directed to the following Mail server 2.
Question: Do I need an "A" record for my mail server alongside with my domain's MX records?
Answer: If the mail server is part of the same domain namespace (lies in the zone), then an "A" record is required.
Question: What is the purpose of using multiple MX records with various priorities?
Answer: This approach provides a backup MX record that can be used if the main MX (the one with the lowest priority) is not available.
Question: Can I add multiple MX records with the same priority for load balancing?
Answer: Yes, you can. Setting the priority levels equal to each other will make your MX records to act in Round-Robin mode.
Question: Are MX records related to SPF and DKIM records?
Answer: While MX records are responsible for routing email, SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) records are used for email authentication and validation. All three records work together to improve email security and reliability.
Question: Are there any security concerns with MX records?
Answer: Yes, ensuring the security of your MX records is essential. Misconfigured MX records can lead to email spoofing and phishing attacks.
Question: How often should MX records be updated?
Answer: MX records should be updated whenever there are changes in your email infrastructure, such as adding or removing mail servers. Additionally, periodic reviews and updates can ensure optimal email delivery and security.