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So, you want to use your OMG.LOL to send email externally? Or wire it up to an existing email service or inbox? Great. Read on to learn how.

Configuring your address

Many email providers will let you add an external domain for use with your email. We’ll walk you through doing this with Fastmail, our favorite email service, but the instructions below are easy to adapt to other email providers who offer the same service.

Fastmail

  1. Pull up your Fastmail Settings screen and click Domains. Then click the Add Domain button.
  2. Enter your OMG.LOL domain, e.g. yourname.omg.lol, and then click Continue.
  3. When asked whether you own the domain, choose Yes. Choose Other for the provider, and then click Continue.
  4. Choose an email address to use with your domain, e.g. me@yourname.omg.lol. Click Continue.
  5. When asked about whether you’re using a website with your domain, we recommend choosing Yes. This will allow you to continue to use OMG.LOL as your core DNS service, but you can also choose to choose No and set up NS records to Fastmail. After choosing Yes, click Get Instructions.

Now, the remaining steps can be done within your domain’s DNS configuration. First, we’ll add one of the two MX records.

  1. Pull up your OMG.LOL address and click Manage DNS.
  2. Set the Type to MX.
  3. Set the Points to value to in1-smtp.messagingengine.com.
  4. Set the Priority value to 10.
  5. Set the TTL value to 300.
  6. Click Create.

Next up is the second second MX record. Almost the same as above, with just a couple of differences.

  1. Set the Type to MX.
  2. Set the Points to value to in2-smtp.messagingengine.com.
  3. Set the Priority value to 20.
  4. Set the TTL value to 300.
  5. Click Create.

Now we’ll add the TXT record that enables SPF protection:

  1. Set the Type to TXT.
  2. Set the Value to to v=spf1 include:spf.messagingengine.com ?all.
  3. Set the TTL value to 300.
  4. Click Create.

Finally, you’ll need to add three CNAME records to enable DKIM protection:

  1. Set the Type to CNAME.
  2. Set the Hostname to fm1._domainkey.yourname.omg.lol. But note that the yourname portion of the hostname needs to use your actual domain name.
  3. Set the Value to to fm1.yourname.omg.lol.dkim.fmhosted.com. But again, note that the yourname portion of that value needs to use your actual domain name.
  4. Set the TTL value to 300.
  5. Click Create.
  6. Now, repeat the same steps above twice—once for fm2, and the other for fm3 in both the Hostname and Value for each.

That’s it! As soon as the DNS changes propagate, your setup will be complete. Fastmail has a convenient Check Now button that you can use to check the status of the DNS configuration.

This article was last updated 6 months ago.
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