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SPF Records

What are SPF (Sender Policy Framework) Records?

    SPF records are used by mail exchanges to verify which hosts are allowed to send mail for that domain. It is used to validate a sender’s identity and can help mitigate spam. SPF records are configured using a TXT record. There are some providers that allow you to configure it through an SPF record, but it has since been deprecated.

    We recommend that you always store your SPF record information in a TXT record. If you insist on using an SPF record, make sure you also have an identical TXT record. In most cases, the value for your SPF record will be provided by your email service provider. However, if you use only internal mail servers, you can generate your own SPF record here: free SPF Record Generator.

How to Configure SPF Records

1.Select Managed DNS and click on Domains

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

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

SPF 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.music.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.


C) Value: The SPF string for your domain enclosed in quotations. 


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


E) Save: Save your record changes and don’t forget to commit your changes after you’re done making record changes for this domain!

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