DNS Made Easy Makes SendGrid Easier, Too


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DNS_Made_EasyToday we’re excited to announce a partnership with DNS Made Easy, one of the fastest, most reliable and affordable DNS networks in the world. SendGrid customers who choose to host DNS with DNS Made Easy will be able to simply perform the whitelabeling process and quickly be able to accept email into their applications using our Incoming Parse Webhook.

Accept Incoming Email With SendGrid and DNS Made Easy

If you don’t have a service hosting your DNS right now, then it’s likely hosted by your registrar or web host. Before moving to DNS Made Easy, you want to make sure that you find out your current DNS settings from either of these entities. Usually there is an IP address for your website and one or more MX records pointing to your email provider.

You can get your DNS ready to go at DNS Made Easy before switching things over, so let’s go through the steps.

  1. Create a new DNS Made Easy account. We’ll assume you have a SendGrid account, but if not, you can provision a SendGrid account from the Third Party Services tab within DNS Made Easy portal.

  2. Go to the DNS management portal and click “Add domain” in the upper right corner. Type the domain name in the box and click “Ok.”

  3. On the success screen, you’ll be shown the DNS servers for DNS Made Easy. You will use these to replace your current registrar settings, so note those servers and click “Ok.”

  4. Next, you will see a long page of potential DNS settings. One way DNS Made Easy makes DNS easy is by making all of these settings available on this single page. You will first want to duplicate your other DNS records, such as an A record with the IP for your website.

  5. Now scroll to the MX Records section and click the plus-sign (+) to add a new record.

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  • Name will be the subdomain where you want to receive email. If you want to receive email at the root domain (ie: address@example.com), you can leave this blank.
  • Server should be mx.sendgrid.net. — including the trailing period.
  • MX Level should be 1 if this is the only record for this domain/subdomain.
  • TTL, the number of seconds any DNS client should cache these records, can be left as-is.
  • Click “submit” and you have set up this DNS record to accept email through SendGrid using DNS Made Easy.

There are a few additional steps before the records are active and email is coming through. First, you need to add the domain or subdomain to your Parse Webhook Settings. Lastly, you need to switch the DNS servers at your registrar to use those provided by DNS Made Easy. It is important you ensure that you have reproduced any other records you have, such as a website. Also note that using the Parse Webhook routes all email for a domain or subdomain through SendGrid.

To find out more about the Parse Webhook read our beginner’s tutorial or download our free Parse Webhook Guide.

Whitelabeling with DNS Made Easy

The SendGrid whitelabel wizard helps you customize the domain that appears through emails you send. To do this, you add CNAME and TXT records to your DNS settings. Once you are hosting your DNS with DNS Made Easy, the process of whitelabeling becomes that much simpler.

Sending and receiving email properly involves DNS records, a place where some customers get stuck. We’re happy to have this partnership with DNS Made Easy to simplify the process and encourage customers to try out incoming email.

Getting started is simple, set up your DNS Made Easy and free SendGrid account today.


Erika Berkland is the Partner Marketing Manager at SendGrid. Her background is in both emerging technology and global corporations where she thrives in working with partners to deliver impactful and measurable marketing programs. Outside of SendGrid, Erika enjoys spending time outdoors with all the great activities Colorado has to offer.

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