Flodesk tutorial: Authenticating your domain via cPanel in 10 steps

This quick Flodesk tutorial focuses on one of the pain points when it comes to getting started with your new Flodesk account. And that is domain authentication via DKIM.

If you’re getting the jitters by the sound of touching the DNS settings in your domain host provider’s backend—I don’t blame you. But let me also show you with this step by step tutorial that it’s easier than you think.

The benefit of doing these steps early on before you start sending emails to your subscriber list in Flodesk are as follows:

  • Authenticating your domain tells your subscribers’ email clients that the emails you’re sending are really from you. That nothing fraudulent is happening here, and that you don’t impersonate someone else.
  • This, in turn, increases the deliverability of your emails. As your subscribers’ email clients trust you now, they will let your Flodesk emails through.

As you see, it has real benefits for your email marketing efforts.

So let’s do this together without further ado.

How to authenticate your domain via cPanel—a step-by-step guide

  1. Login to your Flodesk account and go to Account > Domain setup.

    If you don’t have a Flodesk account yet, you can use my referral link to sign up. If you need a referral code when making your payment in Flodesk, you can use code: ARRADESIGNSTUDIO.

  2. In the same browser window but in a new browser tab, log into your domain registrar account.
    It may be the same as your hosting provider if you have brought your domain name from the same provider that also hosts your website. 

  3. My domain registrar account uses cPanel to manage several things at the website’s backend.

    Your cPanel design might look somewhat different, but it should have a section with the so-called ‘DNS Zone Editor’.
    Click on it.

  4. On the next screen, it will list your website’s domain. In my example it’s ‘arradesignstudio.com’.

  5. Select the ‘Manage’ option as we want to add CNAME records to this domain.

  6. The next screen lists your Zone Records for your domain. Click on the ‘Add record’ button in the top right corner. And this will add a new blank line to the top of the zone records list.

  7. Change the ‘Type’ to ‘CNAME’. (Initially it will show a record type ‘A’).

  8. Switch to the other browser tab to access your Flodesk CNAME records and with the help of the Copy button, select the Host value and paste it to the ‘Name’ field in your DNS Zone Editor.

  9. Now copy the Flodesk ‘Value’ and paste it to the ‘Record’ field.

  10. Click the ‘Add record’ button to save your changes.

And repeat these steps two more times adding the other two CNAME lines as shown in your Flodesk account. 

And you’re done!

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