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Add an SPF Record

A Sender Policy Framework (SPF) record is a specific type of TXT record that lets you explicitly define the outgoing mail servers that can send email from your domain name. You can use them to help prevent spam (although they are not a full-proof guarantee against spam). When incoming mail servers receive email messages from your domain name, they compare the SPF record to the outgoing mail server information. If the information doesn't match, they identify the email message as unauthorized.

You can create multiple TXT SPF records, but their cumulative lengths cannot exceed 512 characters.

  1. Log in to your GoWebsite account.
  2. Next to Domains, click Manage.

How you now access the DNS manager will depend on the view of your account:

If your domain is registered at another company, see the Domains registered at another company section below for instructions.

Card View

In Card View, your account will look something like this:

  1. Select the domain name you want to use, click Text Icon (Settings) and select Manage DNS.
  2. At the bottom of the Records section, click Add and select TXT from the menu.
  3. Complete the following fields:
    • Host: Enter the host name for the TXT record. For example, type @ to map the record directly to your domain name, or enter the subdomain of your host name (labeled Host), such as www or ftp.
    • TXT Value: Enter the value you want to assign to the record.
    • For a TXT SPF record, enter the SPF rule in the TXT Value field. For example, enter v=spf1 mx -all to indicate that all email is sent from this server and no other mail servers are authorized. Get more guidance on how to create SPF record rules.

    • Select how long the server should cache the information. This is called TTL (Time to Live).
  4. Click Save.

List View

In List View, your account will look something like this:

  1. Click on the domain name you want to use.
  2. Select the DNS Zone File tab.
  3. Click Edit:
  4. At the bottom of the Records section, click Add and select TXT from the menu.
  5. Complete the following fields:
    • Host: Enter the host name for the TXT record. For example, type @ to map the record directly to your domain name, or enter the subdomain of your host name (labeled Host), such as www or ftp.
    • TXT Value: Enter the value you want to assign to the record.
    • For a TXT SPF record, enter the SPF rule in the TXT Value field. For example, enter v=spf1 mx -all to indicate that all email is sent from this server and no other mail servers are authorized. Get more guidance on how to create SPF record rules.

    • Select how long the server should cache the information. This is called TTL (Time to Live).
  6. Click Save.

Domains registered at another company

  1. From the top menu, click the DNS tab, and select Manage Zones.
  2. Enter the domain name you want to use and click Search.
  3. At the bottom of the Records section, click Add and select TXT from the menu.
  4. Complete the following fields:
    • Host: Enter the host name for the TXT record. For example, type @ to map the record directly to your domain name, or enter the subdomain of your host name (labeled Host), such as www or ftp.
    • TXT Value: Enter the value you want to assign to the record.
    • For a TXT SPF record, enter the SPF rule in the TXT Value field. For example, enter v=spf1 mx -all to indicate that all email is sent from this server and no other mail servers are authorized. Get more guidance on how to create SPF record rules.

    • Select how long the server should cache the information. This is called TTL (Time to Live).
  5. Click Save.

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