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How to Set Up SendLayer on SiteGround

Want to send emails from your domain hosted on SiteGround?

By adding a few DNS records to your SiteGround account, you’ll be on your way to sending transactional emails with SendLayer.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to set up SendLayer with a site that’s hosted on SiteGround.

Before getting started, be sure to:

Accessing DNS Records in SendLayer

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

sendlayer-add-dns-records-table

Here are the types of DNS records that SendLayer provides:

Each type of DNS record has a HOSTNAMEVALUE, and TTL (time to live) specific to your domain. You’ll need to add each of the 5 DNS records to your SiteGround account, which we’ll go over in the following steps.

Locating DNS Settings in SiteGround

To access your site’s DNS settings, you’ll first need to log in to your SiteGround account.

Once you’ve successfully logged in to your account dashboard, click on WEBSITES in the navigation bar.

click websites in navigation bar

On the next page, you’ll see a list of your domains hosted on SiteGround. Click the SITE TOOLS button for the domain that you’ve added to SendLayer.

click site tools button

This will bring you to the dashboard for the selected domain. From here, click DOMAIN in the side menu.

click domain tab in side menu

Then, from the list of options that appear, select DNS ZONE EDITOR.

click DNS zone editor option

This will take you to the DNS Zone Editor page where you can add new DNS records and manage existing ones.

At the top of the page, you’ll see a Create New Record section with options to add the DNS record type, name (hostname), value, and TTL.

DNS zone editor page

In the next section, we’ll cover how to add SendLayer DNS records to your SiteGround account.

Adding DNS Records in SiteGround

For each of the 5 DNS records that SendLayer provides, be sure to add the TYPE, HOSTNAME, VALUE, and TTL to the corresponding fields in SiteGround.

As you can see in your SiteGround DNS settings, SiteGround appends your domain to the name of each DNS record that you add by default.

appended domain in SiteGround DNS settings

Since SiteGround adds your domain to DNS records for you, be sure to remove your domain from the DNS records that SendLayer provides, which will prevent any unnecessary duplication. You’ll need to remove your domain from the hostname for each of the 5 DNS records that SendLayer provides.

As an example, we’ll add our first CNAME record to our SiteGround DNS settings.

Note: The DNS settings provided in our examples are for demonstration only. Your DNS records will be unique to your domain.

First, select the CNAME option from the list of DNS record types in SiteGround.

click CNAME tab

Then, switch back to your SendLayer account and locate the HOSTNAME. Here you’ll see the sl subdomain followed by your domain name.

locate-hostname

In the case of our first CNAME record, .example.com would need to be removed from sl.example.com, leaving just the sl subdomain as the name of the record you’d add in SiteGround.

Go ahead and switch back to your SiteGround account and add the HOSTNAME to the Name field. Remember to remove your domain from the hostname before adding it to SiteGround.

add hostname to name field

Next, be sure the TTL is set to 5 min.

set ttl to 5 min

Then, head back to your SendLayer account and copy the CNAME record’s VALUE by clicking on the copy icon.

click-value-copy-icon

After that, switch back to SiteGround and paste the VALUE in the Resolves to field.

add value to responds to field

Once you’ve added the details for the CNAME record, go ahead and click the CREATE button.

click-create-button

Now that you’ve successfully added your first DNS record, be sure to repeat this process with the remaining DNS records that are in your SendLayer account. You should be adding a total of 4 different CNAME records and 1 TXT record.

After you’ve added all 5 DNS records, you should see them listed in the Manage DNS Records table in your SiteGround account.

manage DNS records table in SiteGround

Checking Your Domain Status

After you’ve added the DNS records to your SiteGround account, you can check if they’ve successfully propagated right from your SendLayer account. Remember, it may take up to 24-48 hours for your web hosting account to apply the DNS changes.

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

That’s it! Now you know how to add SendLayer DNS records to your SiteGround account.

Next, would you like to learn about editing your DNS records and settings in SendLayer? Check out our tutorial on editing domain settings for more information.