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Heads Up! Ensure Your Website Emails Reach you (Especially if You Use Gmail)

Have you noticed a drop in responses from your website’s contact form, particularly from users with Gmail addresses? You’re not alone. Recently, Gmail implemented an update that can affect how emails are delivered, potentially causing some emails from your website to be blocked.

Here at Direct Local Websites, we prioritise keeping your communication channels open and flowing. These records act like a digital passport, verifying the legitimacy of your emails and helping Gmail recognize them as trustworthy.

What Does This Mean for You?

The good news: with SPF and DKIM records in place, your website emails sent through Mailchimp are less likely to get flagged as spam or blocked by Gmail users. However, there are a couple of additional things you can do to ensure smooth sailing:

  • Test Your Contact Form: Take a moment to send a test email from your website’s contact form to your own Gmail address. This simple step will confirm if emails are now arriving successfully.

  • Keep Us Informed: If you continue to experience issues with emails not reaching Gmail users even after testing, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team. We’re always happy to help troubleshoot and ensure your website communicates effectively with all your audience, regardless of their email provider.

Understanding SPF and DKIM (Optional):

While not everyone needs to be a technical guru, understanding the basics of SPF and DKIM can be helpful. These acronyms stand for:

  • SPF (Sender Policy Framework): This record specifies authorised senders for your email domain. Essentially, it tells Gmail that emails claiming to be from your website are actually coming from you.

  • DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail): This record digitally signs your emails with a unique key, adding another layer of security and authentication.

We’ve Got Your Back!

Here at Direct Local Websites, we stay on top of the latest email marketing trends and updates. By proactively implementing solutions like SPF and DKIM, we help ensure your website’s communication channels remain open and efficient with our green website hosting service.

If you have any further questions about SPF, DKIM, or anything related to your website’s email functionality, feel free to reach out to our friendly support team. We’re always happy to help!