Connect a domain

To use Mail for Business, you first need a domain. A domain is your company's online name. You can create mailboxes for your employees and host them on your domain, such as login@example.com.

You must be the domain's owner to enable it. If you don't have a domain, you can select and register a domain name with a registrar.

Enabling a domain lets you

  1. Connect a domain
  2. Connect alias domains

Connect a domain

Important. 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.

An organization can have more than one domain. However, the first domain you enable will be considered the main domain. You can also add additional alias domains.

Step 1. Add a domain
  1. Log in to Yandex.Connect as an administrator.
  2. Go to the Yandex.Connect main page, find the Webmaster card, and click Add domain.

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

Step 2. Verify that you are the domain owner

Verify that you own the domain. This is needed to ensure nobody can enable a domain without its owner's consent.

  1. Choose the domain verification method:
    • DNS. This is the best method if you have access to your DNS hosting provider's DNS control panel (DNS area). By default this should be your domain's registrar. To verify your domain, add a DNS record in the TXT format that contains the specified value.

      To learn more about adding TXT records, see the SPF record section.

      Attention. Verification of the domain's DNS records can take up to 72 hours.
    • Meta tag. You should use this method if your domain hosts a website and you have access rights that let you edit its pages. To verify the domain, add a special tag into the HTML code of your site's main page.

    • HTML file. This method works best if your domain hosts a website and you have access to that website's root directory hosted on your hosting provider's server. To verify the domain, follow the instructions and create a special HTML file, then place it in your site's root directory.

  2. Choose the displayed instructions that fit the confirmation method you've chosen, follow them, and click Verify.

    If the verification process didn't go through, try again later. Verification of the domain's DNS records can take up to 72 hours.

    If you're unable to verify your domain using the method you've chosen, you can try a different verification method.

  3. Wait for the domain to be verified.

Step 3. Configure the domain's DNS records
  1. 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 sections: MX record, SPF record, DKIM signature, CNAME record.

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

  3. You can promote your new domain to primary domain if necessary. The earlier domain will then be demoted to an alias domain.

Connect alias domains

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

An organization can have more than one domain. The first domain you link will become your primary domain, while all the others will become alias domains. You can promote any of the domains to primary domain later.

An alias domain is simply an alternative name for your primary domain. You can only create employee accounts and mailboxes using the primary domain. As you enable an alias domain, your employees will receive an extra email address linked to the mailboxes hosted on the primary domain.

  • Employees with accounts hosted on your domain (login@example.org) will receive a new email address hosted on the alias domain. However, the employees won't actually receive a new mailbox. You can't log into Mail using a username hosted on an alias domain.

  • Employees can choose the address they send emails from. All mail is sent from an address hosted on the primary domain by default.

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

  • The emails sent to an address hosted an alias domain will be delivered to the mailbox that shares the same name on the primary domain. Let's say you enabled two domains: example.net and example.com. This means that emails sent to login@example.net and login@example.com will both end up in the same mailbox hosted on the primary domain.

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