TXT records hold free form text of any type. TXT records historically have also been used to contain human-readable information about a server, network, data center, and other accounting information.
A fully qualified domain name may have many TXT records. The most common uses for TXT records are Sender Policy Framework (SPF), DomainKeys (DK), DomainKeys Identified E-mail (DKIM), and DMARC.
Please note, that SPF record types have been deprecated and replaced with TXT records. If the usage of SPF records is required for your infrastructure, it is a good idea to have identical SPF information within a domain under both a TXT type record and an SPF type record. Try our free SPF Record Generator to create your own SPF records in just a few quick steps.
- Name: This will be the host for your domain which is actually a computer within your domain. Your domain name is automatically appended to your name. If you are trying to make a record for the system www.example.com. Then all you enter in the textbox for the name value is www.
Note: If you leave the name field blank it will default to the root domain, which in this case is example.com.
- Value: Free form text data of any type.
- TTL: The TTL (Time to Live) is the amount of time your record will stay in the cache on systems requesting your record (resolving nameservers, browsers, etc.). The TTL is set in seconds, so 60 is one minute, 1800 is equal to 30 minutes, etc..
Systems that have a static IP should usually have a TTL of 1800 or higher. Systems that have a dynamic IP should usually have a TTL of 1800 or less.
The lower the TTL the more often a client will need to query the name servers for your host’s (record’s) IP address this will result in higher query traffic for your domain name. Whereas a very high TTL can cause downtime when you need to switch your IPs quickly.
How to Create a TXT Record
2. Select your Domain
4. Enter Values
A) The name field of the SPF record should be left blank unless mail is sent from a subdomain such as email@example.com. If this was the case “mail” would be entered in the name field of the record. Alternatively, if the email is sent from firstname.lastname@example.org, the name field is left blank.
B) The data field of the record is populated with the list of hosts that are permitted to send an email for the domain in SPF record format. The data field of the record must be enclosed in quotations so servers will read the value as a single string.
C) Add a TTL.
D) Click Submit to save your record.