Don’t lose customers because of typos
Much more than regex validation
If you’re not validating emails at signup, you have a problem. If you’ve implemented regular expressions to solve this, you now have two problems.
Regex is complex to write, debug and often inaccurate, because syntax is only one part of whether an email is valid.
Validation based on billions of sent emails
RFC states the formal rules for email addresses. However, in the real world ESPs accept addresses that are not RFC-valid, and reject addresses that are.
When we built our validator, we did based on real-world data + RFC spec to ensure more accurate validation.
“Mailgun’s email validation API has allowed us to programmatically catch typos in email addresses submitted by our users. Integration with the API was fast and easy, and the Mailgun team was responsive and reliable!”
— Gordon Su, Co-Founder, PennyPop
Custom ESP grammar
All major ESPs have their own set up custom grammar that impact whether an email addres is valid in the real world.
We’ve integrated custom grammar checks for Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo into our email validator and are always adding more custom grammar checks as we discover these rules.
Doesn’t meet Gmail’s local parts rules.
Meets local parts rules because dots are ignored.
“Did you mean gmail.com?” and other suggestions
People make typos all the time. Gmail.com can easily become gmal.com and when it does, you can miss out on connecting with that customer.
That’s why we built in a suggestion service into our email validation service. When we have a suggestion for a common typos, we’ll return it along with invalid status, so you can offer the suggestion to your user.
Other great features of Mailgun validation
- DNS lookups
- MX and A-record look ups
- Parse email address in bulk into local part and domain
- Avg. API response time < 500 ms
- Open source library if you want to build your own service