This article explains everything you need to know to set up your account on AWS and configuring your sender domain

Setting up AWS SES

Before you can use Amazon SES or other AWS services, you need to create an AWS account. For more information, see Signing up for AWS.

  1. After you create your AWS account, you can start setting up Amazon SES. Search for Simple Email Service in the AWS console.

2. When you first start using Amazon SES, your account is in the Amazon SES sandbox. In the sandbox, you have full access to the Amazon SES API and SMTP interface. However, the following restrictions are in effect:

For information about moving out of the sandbox, see Moving out of the Amazon SES sandbox.

Setting up Domain on AWS

To start sending emails with Amazon SES, you first have to verify your domain from which the mails will be sent, to confirm that you own it and to prevent others from using it.

Let's demonstrate the process by setting up a domain

  1. Click on Domains in the left section, and select 'Verify a New Domain'. A modal window will pop-up. Add the domain name, check 'Generate DKIM Settings' and click on 'Verify This Domain'.

2. Following sets of records will be generated by AWS:

Please note that :

  • while adding the hostname for DKIM records in your DNS, you will have to remove your domain's suffix from the record. For example, in the above case, the hostname to be added will be _amazonses (and not _amazonses.anubhavati.in) . Same goes for the CNAME type DKIM records. For example, in the above case, the hostname to be added will be t3a6sp7hzxiicyspidwnqclpk52dm2dk._domainkey

  • The TTL value should be maintained at default (1 hr)

As next steps, we need to set-up DMARC and SPF records for your domain

Setting up DMARC
Add the following DMARC records for your domain:

Hostname

Type

Value

_dmarc

TXT

v=DMARC1; p=none; rua=mailto:admin@yourdomain.com; pct=10; sp=quarantine

Setting up SPF

If your domain does not have an existing SPF record, you can add the following TXT record to your DNS records

v=spf1 include:amazonses.com ~all

If you already have an SPF record or want to allow multiple senders in your policy, you can do so with include statement. A sample SPF record is shown below.

Hostname

Type

Value

@

TXT

v=spf1 include:example.com include:amazonses.com ~all

3. Now, copy the 'Domain Verification Record', 'DKIM Record Set', and the DMARC and SPF records to your domain's DNS records.

If you are still facing trouble in setting up these up, connect with us at support@mailmodo.com and we will help you out.
(You can learn more about SPF, DKIM, DMARC in this article).

Let's demonstrate the aforementioned procedure by adding DNS records & configuring AWS SMTP for a domain that's hosted on godaddy.com

  • Log-in to your GoDaddy account. Go to Domain Manager > DNS > Manage Zone

  • Type in your domain, for which you want to add the DNS records

  • Update the DNS records with the records generated in AWS

Once DKIM records have been successfully added, the AWS console should display the 'Verification Status' and the 'DKIM status' as 'verified'

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