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What is SPF Record?

The SPF record identifies which mail servers are permitted to send e-mail on behalf of your domain. It has a key role in preventing spammers from spoofing your domain.

The SPF record has the following look in your ClouDNS Control Panel:

Hostname: Type: Points to: TTL
hostname.com SPF v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all* 1 Hour

* The example is used for customers, who use Gmail as a mail service.

Note that this record is deprecated and it is recommended to create only TXT Record or to be duplicated with TXT Record.

Why do you need an SPF record?

With SPF record you protect your domain reputation in front of all other email services and other receiving email servers so to say. In simple words, you prove which senders are truly authorized to send email from your domain.

How to create an SPF record?

Go to your Control Panel and click on Add new record. Enter the details as follows:

Type: SPF
TTL: 1 Hour
Host: hostname.com
Points to: v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all

How to add an SPF record - Step by Step video:

How to start managing SPF records for your domain name?

  1. Open free trial account from here - free forever
  2. Verify your e-mail address
  3. Log into your control panel
  4. Create new Master DNS from the [add new] button - read more here
  5. Add the SPF record(s) you need as it is described in this article

Support of SPF records

ClouDNS provides full support for SPF records for all our DNS services, including the listed below. Just write to our technical support, if you need any assistance with your SPF records configuration. Our Technical Support team is online for you 24/7 via live chat and tickets.

FAQ

Question: Based on the latest criteria, the SPF record is deprecated. How could I publish my SPF then?

Answer: Good question. Yes, that's right, the SPF record is deprecated. For that reason, you need to publish your SPF by adding a TXT record with the same SPF values.

Question: I have a couple of SPF records in my zone, but all SPF checks fail. What is wrong?

Answer: SPF standards don't allow having multiple SPF records in your DNS zone. Only a single SPF record must reside in your DNS zone.


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