Using The Advanced DNS Editor

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Using the Advanced DNS and MX editor in Cpanel.

You can now manage your domain(s) MX and DNS records within the Cpanel. (Please note making incorrect entries may yield your site or email non functional and may need to be reset to correct.)

For MX Records please choose the MX Entry Icon in the mail section of the Cpanel:

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In this screen you can edit your existing MX record or add additional servers to handle mail. You will need to assign a priority number to the record.

Assigning Priority to MX Entries: Lower values denote higher priority, with 0 being the highest possible priority.

• The primary mail server(s) (with the lowest-numbered priority) will receive mail sent to your domain.

• Secondary mail servers (those with higher priority values) can be used for backup or other purposes.

• If you assign multiple mail servers the same priority, then when that level of mail server is needed, mail will be distributed to those servers randomly.

If you have multiple domains you will be presented with a drop menu to choose the domain to work with.

The first option shown is for Email Routing:

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You have the following choices:

Automatically Detect Configuration (recommended) This will auto detect from your entry the best of the options to use from below:

• Local Mail Exchanger. If the lowest number mail exchanger points to an IP on this server the server will be configured to accept mail locally and from outside the server.

• Backup Mail Exchanger If a mail exchanger other than the lowest points to an IP on this server, the server will be configured to act as a backup mail exchanger.

• Remote Mail Exchanger If there are no mail exchange that point to an IP on this server the server will be configured to not accept mail locally and send mail to the lowest MX record.

Note: Automatic detection of MX configuration is not possible if MX entries do not resolve (ie: you mistype a domain name or enter one that does not exist). If your MX configuration is set to auto and you add or edit an MX record that does not resolve you will see a warning and MX configuration will default back the last known setting.

To add an additional record to your existing MX record choose one of the Email Routing options that best applies or use auto detect. Then under Add New Record: Enter the priority, and then the destination. This must be a FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) i.e then choose Add New Record.

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To edit and change your existing MX record, choose the edit link next to your current listed MX record near the end of the page where you can update the priority and destination and select Edit. Again this must be a FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name).

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If you only have an IP address for your MX entry, you would then need to create a subdomain in the Advanced DNS Editor, name it as you wish and set it as an A record to the IP address you were given. Then comeback here and set the MX destination to the subdomain you created.

DNS Zone Editor:

Choose the Advanced DNS Zone Editor icon under the Domains section of your Cpanel:

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Again if you have multiple domains you will be presented with a drop menu to choose a domain. First you will see a Reset Zone File, to reset select the more >> link and then check the box to confirm and choose Reset Zone File. This resets the domain to the default setting if any mistakes were made or you want to go back to the server default.

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To add a new record under Add a Record you can create A, CNAME and TXT records. A records will be an IP address entry, CNAME entries are for FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name). TXT records are used for text entries such as SPF information for example.

To add a subdomain pointing to an IP address enter the name of the subdomain, and upon clicking outside of the field after entering the name it will auto fill in the rest of your domain name. Example, enter test into the name field and click in the TTL: field and the name field will auto fill in

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Enter a positive integer for TTL (Time To Live) in seconds. Default is 14400 (4 Hrs) and in most cases the best to use. Setting it lower can ultimately lead to load issues on the nameserver and if a lower time is needed it should be temporary only.

Then select Type A and enter the correct IP address and choose Add Record.

For CNAME, same process enter the Name, TTL, choose CNAME and here it would need to be a FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name):

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Underneath the Add section it will show your existing Zone File Records:

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Again, please make sure you know exactly what you are doing when editing these entries. The entry for the localhost: 14400 IN A should not be changed.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to email or call our support department.