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My domain name is with networksolutions, but my email is with bluehost. Currently DNS pointed to bluehost. How do I point only the web site to networksolutions?

Do I change the MX record?
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by:wolfcamel
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the mx record points to your mail provider
you need to change the A record for www.yourdomain.com to point to the other provider
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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When you say the dns  points to bluehost, do you mean the name server or the A and MX records?    if the nameserver is pointing to bluehost, I would put the nameserver back to networksolutions and from there point the A and mx/spf/dkim to wherever you need mail.

Does bluhost have that good of email?  Or just temporary?
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by:cnl83
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I mean nameservers.

Network solutions has failed us for the last month.
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nickinthooz earned 2000 total points
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after you change the DNS, go in to the control panel of the new host and from there you can point the mx records to wherever you want.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Since the name is registered at NS, I would suggest using them for managing the DNS meaning put the nameserver back to NS.  When you do this, your site will be down from 10 minute to an hour although "they" still say it can take 48hrs or more.  Email will be down a little longer.   I plan on 2 -6 hrs.  So a friday night is a good time to do this.

It is better to manage your dns at the registrar as long as it is the actual registrar and not some affiliate thing.  

For email, consider paying the $50 per year for google gmail email with your domain.  

Back to what you want to do.

1) In NS, change the nameserver info to their nameserver.  They wil have a "park here" feature.

2) Point the A record to the IP of your website using NS DNS manager.

3) Add an mx, spf and dkim record for your email server using NS DNS manager.

4) Get a beer, restart your computer and make sure your website is pointing to the correct place.

5) Watch a movie.  When it is done, make sure your email works.  If not, watch another movie and check mxtoolbox.com to see if everything is pointing to the correct spot.
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