How to add an SPF record
An SPF record (Sender Policy Framework) is a DNS record that indicates which mail servers are allowed to send email on behalf of your domain name. SPF records are used to prevent spammers from sending messages using a fake or forged ‘From’ email address making it appear that the spam comes from your domain’s email. The recipient mail server may refer to this record to determine if a message is being sent from an approved mail server. Recently, providers such as Gmail/Google Apps now require an SPF record on the sending domain in order to accept the email.
On 7 February 2019, neutral SPF records were added to all domain names on our South African name servers, specifying xneelo as the allowed sender. This neutral SPF record will have no effect on the outgoing emails’ potential spam rating for customers sending mail via another SMTP provider. We can assure you that no existing SPF records were altered in any way.
Add an SPF record
1Log in to the xneelo Control Panel.
2Select a Product from the side menu.
3Search for and select the domain name.
4Under Domain Tools, select Manage DNS.
5Select + Add record.
6Add the following information:
- Type: TXT
- Host: @
- Value (also called Destination): as specified by your email provider
7Select Add to save your SPF record.
If you make use of any other third-party mailing services that send mail on behalf of your domain, you will need to contact these providers prior to adding an SPF record in order to add their information as well.
If your domain’s DNS is not hosted by xneelo, your existing SPF record should be amended via your current DNS provider.
It is important to note that using email forwarding with SPF may result in the failed delivery of your email.