In this article, you will learn how to connect your IP address with your domain in DNS settings for better email deliverability.
The A-record in DNS settings is used for DNS lookup.
DNS lookup means finding the correct IP address of a website when you type its name (domain) into your browser.
It’s what helps to link your domain name to its corresponding IP address so the visitors come to the right website.
#1: How to set up A record for your domain
Here’s a general guide on how to set up an A record:
Step 1: Go to DNS settings of your domain
Sign in to your domain hosting account and find the page for managing your domain’s DNS records.
Within the DNS management section, choose the domain for which you want to set up the A record. Click on the domain name to access its DNS settings.
- If your domain provider is Namecheap: Add A record –>
- If your domain provider is GoDaddy: Add A record –>
Step 2: Create A record
Look for an option to add a new DNS record. This option is typically named Add Record or Add New Record.
Select A from the list of available record types.
Step 3: Enter the details
In the Name or Host field: enter “@” to represent the main domain, or enter the prefix for your subdomain, e.g. blog.
In the Value or Points to field, enter the IP address.
#2: How to set up rDNS record for your domain
PTR record (short for Pointer), also known as a reverse DNS record, is used to perform a reverse DNS lookup and works the opposite of an A record.
It connect your IP address with your domain name, but also helps with email authentication.
To set up rDNS record, follow these steps:
Let’s now learn how to add a PTR record to a domain’s DNS. The exact steps can vary depending on your DNS provider’s interface.
Step 1: Access Your DNS Settings
Log in to your domain registrar or DNS hosting provider’s website. Look for a section related to DNS or domain settings.
Step 2: Create a reverse DNS zone
In your DNS settings, find an option for a reverse DNS zone.
Click Add a new record in DNS settings and choose PTR type.
In the Hostname or Reverse zone field, enter the value of your PTR record.
In the Points to field, enter the domain you’d like the PTR to point to.
A PTR record example looks like this:
How to check rDNS record
To confirm that your rDNS record is correctly configured and functioning, you can run a quick test within your email account settings.
It’s best to do this after waiting for about 48 hours to ensure the changes have fully propagated in your domain settings.
To check your rDNS record:
Go to your email accounts list.
Find the email account linked to your domain and click Edit.
Scroll down to the Optional settings section and select the Domain health tab.
Click Check health.
Once the check is finished, you’ll see the status of your rDNS record, along with other domain records.
Valid status means it’s set up properly. If there’s an issue found, click on the record to see a detailed description.
Creating A record and PTR record doesn’t always guarantee that your emails will land in the recipient’s main inbox. While it helps to improve domain health, there are other important factors that affect email delivery.
Make sure to complete your domain configuration using the other tutorials from the DNS settings checklist:
To make it less likely for your emails to go to spam folders: