How to keep using your hosted email on Gmail, after migrating to Cloudflare
My initial setup for this website was: – Domain from Namecheap (no one beats their price/quality) – WebHost from a Portuguese company
My webhost offers domain email addresses, so I had a few
*@diogonunes.com addresses configured.
Since I use Gmail daily for my personal email, I configured it to send and receive from
*@diogonunes.com addresses just like any other
*@gmail.com. You can easily find guides online on how to configure it. It’s totally worth it, I’m very productive this way.
Adding Cloudflare to the mix
Then a friend recommended me Cloudflare: a free service that sits in front of your webhost and protects your website from malicious attacks (like DoS). For free!
The service was easy to setup thanks to their semi-automated guide. After some DNS changes my website was protected.
However, my domain email addresses stopped working. I could not receive emails and Gmail would display some errors in the settings tab.
To keep my Gmail integration working I followed these instructions:
- The MX record should be for your domain, not for a subdomain.
- An MX record should not point to a CNAME. Point it to a record with an IP.
An example of a working domain:
I hope this helps you as much as it did for me.