Linux Hosting (cPanel) Help

Configuring DNS for your cPanel domain

cPanel (both shared and on servers) lets you host a website and email for your domain names. To establish the connection between the domain name and your cPanel account you need to change the domain name's DNS (What is DNS?). Establishing this DNS connection is necessary to set up email and web hosting.

  • For shared hosting customers with domains in the same account as their hosting, we configure these for you automatically.
  • For everyone else, you will need to configure this DNS wherever your domain name is registered. If it's through us, you can use our DNS manager (more info). DNS changes can take up to 48 hours to take effect across the Internet.

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Mandatory Records

Record TypeHostPoints to
A (Host)@Your account's IP address (Shared Hosting/Server)
A (Host)mailYour account's IP address (Shared Hosting/Server)
MX (Mail Exchanger)@mail.[your domain name], for example

NOTE: Use MX Priority 0
Warning: You must delete any other MX (Mail Exchanger) entries in the DNS zone file for your email to work. The MX entry listed above should be the only MX entry.

If you have your cPanel site set up on a subdomain (e.g., replace each instance of "@" with your subdomain and use the domain name including the subdomain in the MX record.

Optional Records

You do not need to add all of these records to your zone file, but doing so will make certain functions work, such as Autodiscovery through Outlook.

Record TypeHostPoints to/Value
A (Host)adminYour account's IP address (Shared Hosting/Server)
TXT@v=spf1 a mx ptr -all

NOTE: This record applies only to cPanel shared hosting accounts.
TXTadminv=spf1 a mx ptr -all

NOTE: This record applies only to cPanel shared hosting accounts.

Note: Only use the TXT records listed above if your domain is using cPanel email. If you have these TXT records, and you use another email provider with your domain, you may have problems sending email.

Record TypeServiceProtocolNamePriorityWeightPortTarget

You can also remove the following DNS entries:

CNAME Records