Domain-Based Email Addresses

Email Solutions for your Barista site

Barista does not provide email services directly, but we highly recommend using a professional email host who will provide a full set of features that make managing your email easy and secure.

Explained below are the most common scenarios for handling your email when moving to Barista hosting


Brand New Email Account

If you are creating a brand new domain-based email account for the very first time (example: you@yoursite.com), we highly recommend using a third-party email service provider as your email host.

We recommend checking out any of the following third-party email service providers:

When selecting a third-party email service provider, there is nothing you need to do with Barista. Instead, you will manage the relevant records via your domain registrar. Each of these providers should supply you with the information you need to set up your email’s new MX records with your domain registrar.


Domain Registrar Hosted Email Account

If you have existing domain-based email and it’s hosted with your domain registrar (GoDaddy, Namecheap, etc.) then you do not need to make any changes within Barista.

Note: When updating your A (or “@”) records to point your domain to your new Barista IP address, be sure not make any changes to the MX records.


Current Web Host Email Account

If you have existing domain-based email and it’s hosted with your current web hosting provider (Bluehost, Hostgator, etc.) and you plan on canceling your hosting account, you will need to migrate your email hosting to a new third-party service (see the third-party recommendation list above) or a domain registrar hosted email account.


Third-Party Email Account

If you have existing domain-based email and it’s hosted with a third-party provider (G Suite, Rackspace, etc.), there is nothing you need to do within Barista.

However, you will need to make sure that the MX records, as well as any other records that your 3rd party email service requires, continue to be implemented in your DNS settings.

If you are moving your DNS control from your current hosting provider back to your domain registrar (or a different premium DNS provider) you will need to move the MX records as well.

Note that in most cases, if you are not moving where your DNS is controlled, you will not need to make any changes to the MX records and your email should continue to work.