How to Point MX Records to Bluehost

We will be the first to admit it that we are not a fan of Bluehost web hosting and you won’t see us recommending them. It is owned by EIG which owns a bunch of other web hosting companies. See full list of all the brands and hosting companies EIG owns. However we do have clients that host on Kinsta and WP Engine and still route their email through Bluehost, since it is cheap. As you know managed WordPress hosts don’t normally offer email.

Follow the tutorial below on how to point your MX records to Bluehost.

Step 1

First you need to find your Bluehost server/box number for your MX record. So login to your Bluehost control panel, click into “Hosting”, then “email”, and then on “email configuration.”

bluehost email configuration

Step 2

Select your email account from the drop-down box and you will see your boxXXXX.bluehost.com address next to the Incoming Mail Server (the XXXX corresponds to what server you are on). This is the address you can use for your MX record.

bluehost email server

Step 3

In our example, we are going to be using Namecheap to point our domain’s MX record to Bluehost. But the procedure is the same for any domain registrar or DNS provider. So under our Namecheap dashboard we click into “All Host Records.”

namecheap host records

Step 4

Make sure that “User” MX records is selected and input the following:

  • Host: @
  • Mailserver Host Name: boxXXXX.bluehost.com
  • Mail Type: MX
  • MX Pref: 0
  • TTL: 3600

namecheap bluehost mx record

Then click “Save Changes”

Alternate Method

An alternate method would be to setup the mail subdomain in Namecheap DNS, use mail.yourdomain.com as the MX, and set the A record for the mail subdomain to the Bluehost server IP; which you can find by pinging boxXXXX.bluehost.com.

And that’s it! Was this tutorial on how to point MX records to Bluehost helpful? If so, please let us know below!

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