alex at ergens
Jun 27, 2006, 6:09 PM
Post #2 of 8
On Tue, Jun 27, 2006 at 05:49:34PM -0700, Matt Staroscik wrote:
> This is less a question on an SPF record than it is a question about
> Namecheap's zone file editing tool. There is an option to insert a TXT
> record, but I am not sure how to fill out the other two fields.
Define "other two fields" and I'm sure lots more people will be
able to help.
You are probably refering to something called hostname or domain for
one of these fields, and TTL for the other (if not, stop reading now)
If you are the owner of "example.com" and you want to set a record
for this domain, you can usually let the hostname/domain field empty.
Some web interfaces will need "@", some will need "example.com." (so
with a trailing dot).
If you should fill in the trailing dot but fail to do so, you would
be publishing for "example.com.example.com" which is not what you
If you want to set a record for "www.example.com", you usually have
to fill in "www". If you want "mail.westcoast.example.com", you
probably need to fill in "mail.westcoast". Note: no trailing dot
in these cases, so "example.com" is appended.
In both cases, the TTL can be left empty or be set to a sane number
of seconds (86400 is quite usual).
Safe way to try is to create a TXT record which is not an SPF record.
"Hello, world" will do. After trying this, verify using any tool that
the record is indeed visible in DNS. One example of such a tool:
(and change the domain name into your own)
This tool will use fresh information, unless you recently changed
name servers and use the tool just before that.
When you know which values to put in; you can publish your SPF
record without fearing of doing this part wrong. Don't forget to
remove your "hello, world" TXT record.
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