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How to Set Up SendLayer on A2 Hosting

Do you want to know how to set up SendLayer on your website hosted by A2 Hosting?

With SendLayer’s transactional email service, you can send mail from your domain on A2 Hosting both easily and efficiently.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to set up SendLayer on A2 Hosting.

Before getting started, be sure to:

Accessing DNS Records In SendLayer

When you add a domain to your account, SendLayer will automatically generate 5 DNS (Domain Name System) records unique to your domain.

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Note: Every time you add a domain to your account, SendLayer automatically creates the sl subdomain for you. For instance, if your domain is example.com, the subdomain would be sl.example.com.

Check out our article on why SendLayer creates a subdomain for more information.

SendLayer will provide the following types of DNS records:

Each DNS record has a specific HOSTNAME, VALUE, and TTL (time to live) for your domain. You’ll need the HOSTNAME and VALUE to get SendLayer up and running on your domain on A2 Hosting. We’ll cover how to do this in the next few steps.

Preparing Your Domain

You’ll need to modify your domain’s nameserver settings before you can edit your DNS records in A2 Hosting.

To get started, log in to your A2 Hosting account and click Domains.

Click Domains

You’ll now see a list of your domains. To edit the domain you plan to use with SendLayer, click on the wrench icon to the right.

Click the wrench to edit the domain

Next, click on Nameservers to open your domain’s nameserver settings.

Click Nameservers

By default, your domain will use the default nameservers. However, you will need to use custom nameservers to modify your DNS records. To do this, check Use custom nameservers (enter below).

Choose Use custom nameservers

Now, ensure that you have the following custom nameservers set for your domain:

  • dns1.name-services.com
  • dns2.name-services.com
  • dns3.name-services.com
  • dns4.name-services.com
  • dns5.name-services.com

We’ve included an example of the configuration you’ll need below:

Nameservers

To save your changes, click Change Nameservers.

Click Change Nameservers

Editing Your DNS Settings in A2 Hosting

To access your DNS settings, click DNS Management in the menu on the left.

Click DNS Management

You’ll now see a list of the records associated with your domain.

Adding DNS Records in A2 Hosting

Within the DNS Management page, you can add the DNS records required to set up SendLayer for your domain. When you’re adding a record, please note that you’ll only need to enter the subdomain under Hostname.

A2 Hosting will automatically expand this to include your entire domain. For example, if you’re adding a CNAME record for sl.example.com, only include sl in the Hostname.

To get started, copy the HOSTNAME of the first DNS record SendLayer provided. You can click the copy icon to the right of any entry to copy its value to the clipboard.

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Next, paste the HOSTNAME from SendLayer into the Host Name field on your A2 Hosting domain’s DNS settings. Be sure to remove everything after the subdomain so that sl.example.com becomes sl.

Hostname added

For the Record Type, choose CNAME so that it matches the DNS record generated by SendLayer.

Record Type added

Next, copy the VALUE from SendLayer.

click-value-copy-icon

In A2 Hosting, paste the VALUE in the Address field, then click Save Changes.

Click Save Changes

After the page reloads, you’ll be able to add a new record immediately. Make sure that you’ve added all 4 CNAME records and the 1 TXT record provided by SendLayer. When you’re finished, you should have a list like this:

All entries in A2 Hosting

Note: If you need to remove a record, clear the Host Name and Address fields and click Save Changes.

Checking Your Domain Status

Once you’ve entered all of your domain’s records, you can check if your domain’s records have been propagated from your SendLayer account. As a reminder, it may take 24-48 hours for your DNS changes to be applied.

If you would like to learn how to check if DNS records have been added successfully, check out our tutorial on checking your domain status.

That’s it! Now you know how to set up SendLayer with your domain on A2 Hosting.

Next, would you like to know how to protect your domain’s reputation using a suppression list? Check out our tutorial on managing suppression lists for more information.