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Host site but leave mail on other server

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussion' started by YALDesign, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. YALDesign

    YALDesign Member

    Dec 10, 2012
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    I have a client that have a domain name and is hosted on a linux server without cpanel. And he wants to remain on actually server with mail server and accounts !

    And he wants only and to work from my server ( The website )

    I use CentOS with cpanel/whm 11.34.1 what i should do to manage only his website ? ( to put his files from website on my server ).

    Thanks for your time and Merry Christmas to all !
  2. cPanelJared

    cPanelJared Technical Analyst

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    This will be no different from creating any other new account, except that the existing MX records will need to be modified to make sure they point to an A record that points to the old server, and the A records for the site should point to your server.

    MX records point to an A record, not an IP address, so you may need to make a new A record to which to point the MX records. For example, say you have the MX record pointing to If you change the A record for to point to your server, then when a mail server tries to send mail to, it is going to look up the MX record for, get, and find that points to - so mail will be delivered to your server.

    To avoid this, change the A records for and to point to your server's IP address. Now, make a new A record, something like, and make the MX records point to that new A record. Make the A record point to the old server's IP address. That way, the old server will still handle mail, but your server will handle the site.
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