Hosting Email on SG With Domain Pointing Elsewhere


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Updated Aug 24th, 2021

I have a domain name purchased on NameCheap.com and pointing to Heroku hosting (Node/Express App). I am paying for SiteGround hosting so can they host only the email, while the domain pointed elsewhere?

Initial tests to and from the email I setup look good. The steps taken are listed below:

From the SG site here: “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.”

This is the detailed article they refer you to here.

So I created a site on SG and in the Site Tools deleted all non-MX records in DNS Zone Editor, (not sure if this was a good idea). I then added an email address and password.

In NameCheap’s admin panel I added 3 MX records as described in the article.

Note: I was unsure of what to put for the “host” value so I just used the “@” symbol. If this doesn’t work I could also try “simplecarcost.com.” or “simplecarcost.com” as this is the value in the SG DNS Zone editor for name.

If this doesn’t work you can always use NameCheap private email ($13 a year) or another 3rd party provider.


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