The text (TXT) record is a DNS record type that can include both human and machine-readable information. It normally includes a set of instructions for nameservers or identifying information, such as point-of-contact and general details about a domain or network. TXT records have no specific industry formatting requirements, but they are not designed for large amounts of data. The value of a TXT record is also limited to 255 characters, but for information over the character limit, you can split the value into two parts. This is done by enclosing the parts in double quotes (“example text” “example text”).
Common Use Cases for TXT Records
The most common uses for TXT records are email spam prevention, domain ownership verification, and framework policies. You can configure TXT records as DomainKeys (DK), DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM), Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC), and as basic TXT records that store pertinent information about the domain.
Note: TXT Records are replacing Sender Policy Framework (SPF) records, which are deprecated records. Constellix still supports modifications and deletions of SPF records currently in your account, but new or additional configurations must be in TXT record format.
- A domain is already added to your Constellix account
- You have imported or created all necessary DNS records (A, MX records, etc.) for your domain
How to Create a TXT Record in Constellix
1. Click Managed DNS
In the Dashboard, select Managed DNS in the left-hand sidebar menu. This will display a drop-down list of DNS configuration options. Next, click on Domains.
Once you click on Domains, you will be redirected to the Domains section of the dashboard.
2. Select the Domain Requiring a TXT Record
3. Add aTXT Record
After selecting the appropriate domain, you will be taken to the Records page. Scroll down to the TXT Record section and click the green (+) icon to add a TXT record.
4. Enter TXT Record Values
You should now see the TXT pop-up window. Fill out the following values:
A. Name: The hostname for the record.
B. TTL: Time to Live (measured in seconds) determines how long a record is cached in resolvers. Visit our What is TTL resource for more information and best practices for TTLs.
C. Value: Add necessary information in this field. Remember, each string can be a maximum of 255 characters, or should be broken into parts and enclosed in double quotes (“example text” “example text”).
D. Notes: This section is helpful for adding notes with keywords so that you can easily search for specific records later.
E. Save: If you need to add an additional TXT record, tap the green Save and Continue button, otherwise, click on Save and Close.
Note: In order for your TXT record to take effect, you must review and apply changes.
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