Note: Some technical ability is required to carry out the instructions in this article. If you are unsure how to access your domain's DNS, or how to make these changes, just let us know via Intercom and we can help.

When you first get started with Syngency, all emails sent from your account – whether they're packages, invoices, booking confirmations, etc. – are sent on your behalf from a mailer@syngency.com email address. Your name is still used in the From field, and the Reply To is your email address, but the actual email comes from this address.

Because of this, emails can often be caught by spam filters or by junk mail rules, as many servers don't trust an email that has different From and Reply To addresses.

By adding two small changes to your email domain's DNS record, Syngency is able to send email using the same domain name email address you use in your email program, which avoids a lot of these issues. Follow the steps below to do this.

Adding your email domain in Syngency

You will want to add the domain you currently send email from to the list of domains associated with your account. You can do this from Settings > Domains:

You can then enter the name of your email domain in the New Domain field, and click Add Domain:

Once it appears in the list, click the checkbox in the Email column so set it as your email domain. You will see an activity indicator appear briefly, before a code appears in the Validation Code column. You will want to copy this code to your clipboard.

Making changes to your DNS

The exact procedure for this next step will vary, depending on the company you use to host your email domain. This could be GoDaddy, Register.com, NameCheap, or any other. If you need help, we recommend passing the link to this article to one of your domain registrar's support team, and they can help you with these steps.

You will need to login to your account on your domain registrar's site, and find the section where you can edit your domain's DNS records. Once you have done that, you will need make two DNS changes:

Change 1: Connecting to Syngency's email service

You'll need to add a new TXT record to the DNS, named:

_amazonses.yourdomain.com 

and the Validation Code you copied from Syngency as the value.

Once you have done this, you will need to wait up to an hour for Syngency to update, and you will then see a check mark in the Verified column of the domain list. Once this appears, Syngency will send all email from your email domain, and it will be "trusted" with other email servers.

Change 2: Authenticating email with SPF

Sender Policy Framework (SPF) is an email validation standard that's designed to prevent email spoofing. Domain owners use SPF to tell email providers which servers are allowed to send email from their domains which helps prevent your emails being marked as spam by receiving email servers.

If you don't already have an SPF record, add a new TXT record to the DNS, with either a blank name, or an @ symbol (this depends on your DNS service). The value of this record should be:

"v=spf1 include:amazonses.com ~all"

If your domain already has an SPF record, you can add the following statement to the record value:

include:amazonses.com

It's important to get this right to avoid email issues. A malformed SPF record, or multiple SPF records could affect your email service.

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