In this article, we explain how to set a TXT record within the DNS settings of your domain name.
TXT is an abbreviation for Text and unlike other DNS records, it does not point to a location. The TXT record is intended to give information to the server that requests the TXT record.
Where do I add a TXT record?
You can add all your DNS records easily and free of charge via your control panel. Go to the 'Domain & Hosting' tab and select the domain in the left column for which you want to set the TXT record (don't check the box).
Now scroll to 'Advanced Domain Settings', followed by 'DNS'. If you do not see this yet, first click the switch behind 'TransIP settings' so the TransIP settings are switched off. The DNS records of your domain name will become visible, after which you can change them at will.
How do I set a TXT record?
There are several applications of the TXT record, of which the so-called SPF and DKIM records are the most used applications.
- Read the article 'Entering DNS records and nameservers via the control panel' for more information on setting DNS records.
- Read the article 'Setting an SPF record' for more information on configuring an SPF record.
- Read the article 'Setting a DKIM record' for more information on configuring an SPF record.
Another application for TXT is the DMARC record. This type of record can be used to indicate that emails are protected by SPF or DKIM and tells the receiving mailserver what to do if none of these methods succeed.
This type of record is an extra security measure but is not used very often. Check out this page for more information on DMARC.
TXT records for validation purposes
A different application of TXT is the valitdating various web applications, such as the 'Google site verification'. Check out this page from Google for more information on this procedure. Below is an example of a TXT record that includes Google site verification.
This article has discussed the setting of a DKIM record. For a general explanation about DNS records and entering them, see the article ‘DNS and nameservers'.
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