How to authenticate your personal domain name

In this article, you will learn how to authenticate your domain name.

You will need:

Scenario 1: You send emails with systeme.io

Step #1: Connect to your account systeme.io

First, go to your Menu (below your profile picture), then on "Settings" (number 1 in the image). Thereafter, click on "Mailing settings" (number 1 in the image) and then click on "Setup" (number 3 in the image).

A Popup will be displayed, on which you enter your domain name without the three "www.".

Next, click on "Continue" to generate the three CNAME records to be integrated into the DNS parameters of the site hosting your domain name (numbers 4 and 5 in the image).

For example, we introduced this: lancervotrebusiness.xyz in order to generate the three CNAMEs.

The list of the three CNAMEs will then appear in a table (number 6 in the image).

Step #2: On your domain name account

The CNAME records you were provided with must be added to your platform.

Edit the DNS zone of your domain name with your domain provider.

PS: If you have any trouble with this, please contact your host's support team, so they can help you through it.

In this article, we will be using OVH as an example:

If you are using OVH, you can log in to your account here.

1. Once you are logged in, click on your domain name (number 1 in the image)

2. Click on "ZONE DNS" then click on "Add an entry" (numbers 2 and 3 in the image)

3. Choose "CNAME" and click "NEXT" (numbers 4 and 5 in the image)

Next, you will be prompted to fill out forms.

4. Return to the list of CNAMEs records you have on your systeme.io account.

5. In the "Subdomain" field, enter what is written in "NAME".

BUT not the whole sentence just the numbers and letters that are put next to your domain name.

In our example, it is "si413738".

6. Copy the entire line in "VALUE", place it in "TARGET" and add a period/full stop at the end of the sentence.

If the team has given you 3 CNAMEs records, you must do the operation 3 times. Once for each record provided.

7. Click on "Next" (number 7 in the image), then click on "Confirm" (number 8 in the image)

8. Use the following site to check whether your CNAMEs are correctly set up: DNS checker.

9. Once you have finished the configuration of the three CNAMEs records, contact the Systeme.io support team again, so they can check your domain name.

Scenario 2: You are using your own SendGrid account

Step #1: On the SendGrid account

Log in to your SendGrid account by clicking here (number 1 in the image).

Click on "Settings" (number 2 in the image).

You will have a list of options, click on "Sender authentication" (number 3 in the image). 

In the "Authenticate your domain" section of your domain name, click on "Get Started" (number 4 in the image).

Add the name of your host in "DNS host" (number 5 in the image).
Note: If you can't find the name of your host, you can choose "Other" at the end of the list.
Click on "Next" to validate and go to the next step (number 6 in the image).

Enter the domain you want to authenticate and from which you want to send emails (number 7 in the image).
Note: Make sure you enter only the name of your root domain. Do not include "www" or "http://www" in this field. 
Click "Next" so that the CNAMEs that need to be inserted at your host provider can be generated by the SendGrid system.

After validation, you will see 3 CNAME records that you must enter the DNS zone of your host to finalize the authentication of your domain name (number 8 in the image).

Step #2: On your domain provider account

You need to copy these CNAMEs records in order to integrate them into the DNS Settings of your web host's site.

To do this, please go to DNS Settings to edit the DNS zone of your domain name.

PS: If you have any problems with this, please contact your domain provider's support team.

In this article, we will be using OVH as an example.

You can log in to your OVH account by clicking here.

1. Once connected, click on your domain name (number 1 in the image)

2. Click on "ZONE DNS" then click on "Add an entry" (numbers 2 and 3 in the image)

3. Choose "CNAME" and click "NEXT" (numbers 4 and 5 in the image)

You will be prompted to fill in forms.

4. Go back to the list of CNAME records you generated on your SendGrid account to copy the CNAMEs

5. In the "Subdomain" field, enter what is written in "HOST". BUT not the whole sentence, just the numbers, and letters that are put next to your domain name.

Example: 

em7587 (first CNAME), 

s1._domainkey (second CNAME), 

s2._domainkey (third CNAME),

6. Copy the entire line in "POINTS TO", place it in "TARGET" and add a period/full stop at the end of the sentence.

Example:

u6791010.wl011.sendgrid.net. (first CNAME)
s1.domainkey.u6791010.wl011.sendgrid.net. (second CNAME)
s2.domainkey.u6791010.wl011.sendgrid.net. (third CNAME)

If you have three CNAME records, you have to do the operation three times, for each CNAME to be recorded.

7. Click on "Next" then click on "validate". (numbers 6 and 7 in the image)

8. Once the configuration of the 3 CNAMEs records is done, go back to your SendGrid account or contact us if you don’t have one.

9. Then use the following site to check whether your CNAMEs are correctly set up: DNS checker.

10. Check the box "I've added the records" then click "Verify" (numbers 8 and 9 in the image).

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