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Authorizing Your Domain

Want to ensure your emails reach the recipients’ inboxes?

Before sending emails with SendLayer, you’ll need to authorize your domain. This process helps improve email deliverability by letting email servers know that you are the confirmed owner of the domain.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to authorize your domain.

Before getting started, you’ll need:

  • Access to your web hosting account’s DNS settings

What Is Domain Authorization?

Domain authorization shows receiving email servers that you are the confirmed owner of the sending domain. This process helps email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook determine that your emails are legitimate, unharmful to the recipient, and are sent from an authorized sender. This leads to improved email deliverability, which means that your emails are more likely to reach the recipients’ inboxes and stay out of their spam boxes.

To authorize your domain, SendLayer will provide you with DNS (Domain Name System) records that you’ll add to your domain host’s DNS settings. In the next section, we’ll cover all the steps needed to authorize your domain.

Authorizing Your Domain in SendLayer

First, you’ll need to log in to your SendLayer account dashboard.

To authorize your first domain, start by clicking the orange Add Domain button at the top of the page.

Add new domain

On the next page, you’ll be prompted to add a new domain. Go ahead and add your domain and click the Add Domain button.

Type your domain and click add domain button

Once you’ve added your domain, SendLayer will generate 5 different DNS records that are unique to your domain.

DNS records

To complete the domain authorization process, you’ll need to add each of the 5 DNS records to your site’s DNS settings. Be sure to add the TYPE, HOSTNAME, VALUE, and TTL for each record.

If you’re using Cloudflare to manage your DNS, you’ll also want to turn the Proxy Status off for each record you add.

Cloudflare proxy turned off for CNAME record

After you’ve added the DNS records to your site’s DNS settings, check the box next to I have added these DNS records and am ready to proceed.

proceed to verify dns settings checkbox

When you’re ready to proceed, click the Verify DNS Records button.

click to verify DNS records

Note: It can take up to 24-48 hours for DNS changes to propagate.

Checking Your Domain Status

To check if your domain has been authorized, navigate to your SendLayer dashboard and click on Settings in the navigation menu.

Click on settings option

On the next page, you’ll find your DNS records under the DNS Records & Settings tab.

DNS records and settings tab

Here you’ll see a table with all of your DNS records in one place.

DNS records table

Once your domain has been successfully authorized, you’ll see green checkmarks next to each DNS record in the STATUS column.

authorized dns records

If at any point you’d like SendLayer to check your domain to make sure these records have been added, click the Verify DNS Settings button.

click to verify DNS settings

That’s it! Now you know how to authorize your domain.

Next, would you like to see more details on adding DNS records to your site? Check out our tutorial on completing your domain setup for more information.