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TXT Records

What are TXT Records?

    TXT or text records are unformatted text usually with a host or other name.The most common uses for TXT records are Sender Policy Framework (SPF), DomainKeys (DK), and DomainKeys Identified E-mail (DKIM). TXT records historically have also been used to contain human-readable information about a server, network, data center, and other accounting information.

How to Configure TXT Records

1.Select Managed DNS and click on Domains



2. Select the Domain Name you want to add a TXT record too.


3. Under the TXT Records section, click the plus_icon to add a record.

TXT RECORD FIELDS

A) Name — This is the host name for the record, typically a computer or server within your domain. Your domain name is automatically appended to the end of the “Name” field. For example, if you create a record with the name “www” the record would be defined as “www.example.com”. If the “Name” field is left blank, then it represents the root record of the domain. The root record for the base domain can also be referred to as the apex record and is represented using an @ symbol in some documentation.

B) TTL — The TTL (Time to Live) in seconds is the length of time the record will cache in resolving name servers and web browsers. The longer the TTL, then remote systems will lookup the DNS record less frequently. Your name servers will also receive less query traffic since most queries are answered by resolving name servers. Conversely, the shorter the TTL the faster any changes you make to your DNS will propagate in servers that have cached data. However, your domain will receive more query traffic.

Recommended values:

Records that are static and don’t change often should have TTL’s set between 1800 (being on the low end) to 86400 seconds (30 minutes to 1 day cache).

Records configured with Failover or that change often should have TTL’s set anywhere from 180 to 600 (3 to 10 minutes cache).

If a change is needed for a record with a high TTL, then the TTL can be lowered prior to making the change and then raised back up again after the changes were made.

C) Value — Free form text data of any type. May be no longer than 255 characters. Each word will be treated as a separate string unless one or more strings is enclosed in quotes ("string1""string2").

D) Notes — Add a helpful note with keywords so you can search for your records later.

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