Connect a domain

Restriction. Only the domain owner can connect a domain.

Link an email domain to your company to enjoy the full range of features in Yandex.Connect. You can link more than one domain. The first domain you link will become your primary domain, while all the other ones will be relegated to alias domains. Any of your alias domains can later be promoted to primary domain.

Only one company in Yandex.Connect can have an associated domain. Before transfering your domain to another company, you first have to remove it from the original company.

  1. Connect your primary domain
  2. Connect alias domains

Connect your primary domain

Note. Your company can only have one primary domain. If you already have a primary domain, you can change it.

The first domain you link to your company will become the primary domain. Enabling a primary domain grants you the following features:

To connect a domain:

  1. Log in to Yandex.Connect as an administrator.

  2. Go to the Yandex.Connect home page, find the Webmaster card, and click Add domain.

  3. Enter the name of your domain (such as example.org) and click Add.

  4. Confirm that you own the domain. This step is needed to ensure nobody else can connect your domain without your consent. You can choose one of the following methods:

    • HTML file. Create an HTML file with the specified unique name and content and place it in your site's root directory.

    • Meta tag. Add a special meta tag to the HTML code on the site's home page (in the head element).

    • DNS record. Add a TXT record containing a specified value to the site's DNS record.

      Verification of the domain's DNS records can take up to 72 hours.

    • WHOIS. Open Yandex.Passport and confirm the contact email address specified in the WHOIS data for your domain.

      Use this method if your site is a second-level domain and is not in the RU or РФ domain zone.

  5. Follow the instructions on the screen and click Start verification.

  6. Wait for the domain to be verified.

  7. Set up DNS records for your domain so that you can use Yandex.Mail. There are two methods:

    • You can delegate the domain to Yandex servers. In that case, all DNS records are set up automatically.

    • If you don't want to delegate your domain to Yandex servers, you can set up DNS records for your domain using the website of your DNS hosting provider. Usually it's the same company that acts as your domain's registrar.
    Record type Subdomain name Priority Value
    MX @ 10 mx.yandex.net
    TXT (SPF) @ N/A v=spf1 redirect=_spf.yandex.net
    TXT (DKIM) mail._domainkey N/A Copy the value from Yandex.Mail settings
    CNAME mail N/A domain.mail.yandex.net.

    If you want to learn more about setting up DNS records, read the following Help sections: MX record, SPF record, DKIM signature, CNAME record.

  8. Wait for the changes to take effect. It may take DNS servers up to 72 hours to exchange the updated DNS records.

  9. If you already have a primary domain, click Set as primary. Your new domain will then become the primary domain, while the old domain will be relegated to an alias domain.

Connect alias domains

Note. You can only add alias domains after setting up your primary domain.

An alias domain is simply an alternative name for your primary domain:

  • Employees with accounts hosted on your domain (login@example.org) will receive a new email address hosted with the alias domain. This doesn't mean they get a new mailbox, though. All alternative email addresses share the same mailbox with the primary address.

  • Employees can choose the address they send emails from.

  • Mailing lists for groups and teams will use additional addresses hosted on alias domains.

You can add an alias domain the same way you linked the primary one.

  1. Log in to Yandex.Connect as an administrator.

  2. Go to the Yandex.Connect home page, find the Webmaster card, and click Add domain.

  3. Enter the name of your domain (such as example.org) and click Add.

  4. Confirm that you own the domain. This step is needed to ensure nobody else can connect your domain without your consent. You can choose one of the following methods:

    • HTML file. Create an HTML file with the specified unique name and content and place it in your site's root directory.

    • Meta tag. Add a special meta tag to the HTML code on the site's home page (in the head element).

    • DNS record. Add a TXT record containing a specified value to the site's DNS record.

      Verification of the domain's DNS records can take up to 72 hours.

    • WHOIS. Open Yandex.Passport and confirm the contact email address specified in the WHOIS data for your domain.

      Use this method if your site is a second-level domain and is not in the RU or РФ domain zone.

  5. Follow the instructions on the screen and click Start verification.

  6. Wait for the domain to be verified.

  7. Set up DNS records for your domain so that you can use Yandex.Mail. There are two methods:

    • You can delegate the domain to Yandex servers. In that case, all DNS records are set up automatically.

    • If you don't want to delegate your domain to Yandex servers, you can set up DNS records for your domain using the website of your DNS hosting provider. Usually it's the same company that acts as your domain's registrar.
    Record type Subdomain name Priority Value
    MX @ 10 mx.yandex.net
    TXT (SPF) @ N/A v=spf1 redirect=_spf.yandex.net
    TXT (DKIM) mail._domainkey N/A Copy the value from Yandex.Mail settings
    CNAME mail N/A domain.mail.yandex.net.

    If you want to learn more about setting up DNS records, read the following Help sections: MX record, SPF record, DKIM signature, CNAME record.

  8. Wait for the changes to take effect. It may take DNS servers up to 72 hours to exchange the updated DNS records.