Are you ready to use SendLayer with your Bluehost domain?
SendLayer makes it super easy to send transactional emails from your domain on Bluehost.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to set up your domain with SendLayer on Bluehost.
Before you get started, be sure to:
Accessing DNS Records in SendLayer
When you add a domain to SendLayer, 5 unique DNS (Domain Name System) records are automatically generated for your domain.
Note: Every time you add a new domain to your account, SendLayer creates a subdomain for you, namely sl. For example, if your site is example.com, SendLayer will create sl.example.com for you.
For more information, check out our article on why SendLayer creates a subdomain.
SendLayer provides the following types of DNS records:
Each record has a HOSTNAME, VALUE, and TTL (time to live) unique to your domain. These 5 records must be set up in Bluehost so you can use SendLayer with your domain. We’ll show you how to set up these DNS records in the following steps.
Locating DNS Settings in Bluehost
To get started, open Bluehost and log in to your account.
Note: For a more straightforward operation, we recommend keeping SendLayer and Bluehost opened side by side in your browser.
To find your domain’s DNS settings once you’ve logged in, first click Domains.
Next, click My Domains.
On the domain you’d like to modify, click the triangle next to the Manage button to open the menu.
In the Manage menu, click DNS to open your domain’s DNS settings.
Now you can edit your domain’s DNS records. These are listed in the DNS Manager.
Adding DNS Records in Bluehost
Under DNS Manager, scroll down until you reach the list of CNAME records. The list below represents an example from an existing site.
You can begin adding the records SendLayer provided by clicking Add Record.
This will open a new area that allows you to enter details for a single record.
First, you’ll need to copy the HOSTNAME from SendLayer. You can copy the HOSTNAME in SendLayer by clicking the copy button to the right of the relevant entry.
Enter the HOSTNAME from SendLayer into the Host Record field in Bluehost. When adding the HOSTNAME, be sure to only add the subdomain, since Bluehost will add your domain automatically.
For instance, if your HOSTNAME is sl.example.com, only input sl in the Host Record of the Bluehost interface.
Returning to SendLayer, copy the VALUE of the record you’re adding.
Next, you can enter the VALUE, which corresponds to the Points To field in Bluehost.
For the TTL, use a value of 4 hours (min).
Finally, click on the Save button to add your new record.
You can now add the remaining DNS records by repeating the steps above. When you’re finished, you should have 4 CNAME records and 1 TXT record.
Note: These values are provided as examples. Your final records will look somewhat different, since they are unique to your site.
For example, your CNAME list should resemble the screenshot below:
You should also have the corresponding TXT record from SendLayer.
Note: It can take up to 24-48 hours for DNS changes to propagate.
Checking Your Domain Status
After adding the DNS records to your Bluehost account, you can verify they’ve been successfully propagated from within your SendLayer account. It can take up to 48 hours for new or updated DNS records to propagate completely.
If you’d like to know how to check that your DNS records have been successfully added, you can check out our tutorial on checking your domain status in SendLayer.
That’s it! Now you know how to set up SendLayer with your domain on Bluehost.
Next, would you like to learn more about the SendLayer API? Check out our tutorial on the SendLayer API for more information.