DH for www, godaddy for mail, mx records etc


Hi - I’ve got a client that wants to use godaddy to handle their existing email, but I’m moving the web stuff to dreamhost.

Here’s the situation:

I’d like to alter the name servers so it points to dreamhost.
Then alter the mx records at DH so that it points back to godaddy’s mail stuff:
pop.secureserver.net/ smtpout.secureserver.net

However at issue is that a large number of the users are using mail.theircompanydomainname.com as the pop server --which I believe is just a cname of pop.secureserver.net
if I do a dns lookup on mail.theircompanydomainname.com I get:

IP address:
Host name: pop.secureserver.net

mail.theircompanydomainname.com is from United States(US) in region North America

How do I route mail.theircompanydomainname.com via dreamhost or godaddy
so that it uses pop.secureserver.net without having all of those users change their settings.

Many thanks in advance,


It sounds like you’re headed in the right direction. Here’s how to change the MX:

I host my mail here, so the following is speculation:
Without mail hosted here, DreamHost won’t set up mail.yourdomain.com and other such hostnames. You can use the DNS of your fully hosted domain to not only add your MX records, but add CNAMEs for mail.theircompanydomainname.com that point to pop.secureserver.net and smtp.theircompanydomainname.com pointing to smtpout.secureserver.net



I realize that I was in college when this post was last answered so no one might be paying attention anymore. BUT here goes nothing. I want to use dreamhost to host my email account only. I copied the MX settings from the DNS page and added it to my GoDaddy account. But email is still not working for me. What steps am I missing here?


and how long did you wait? DNS takes time to propagate…