In this tutorial, we show you how to setup DMARC records in cPanel to specify how mail servers should handle messages from your domain that don’t have valid SPF and DKIM records setup. Since the DMARC standard is used by many email providers (such as Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, Hotmail, Outlook), it increases your chances of email being delivered successfully.
Setting up DMARC Records
- Login to cPanel.
- Click Zone Editor under Domains.
Note: Older cPanels may only have Advanced Zone Editor – shown in screenshots below on the right.
- Specify the domain to manage.
- You will see an Add a Record section. Enter these settings:
If using Zone Editor, after pressing Add Record, change the Type from A to TXT first.
Field Setting Name _dmarc TTL 14400 Type TXT TXT Data In this field you must choose how you want recipient servers to handle email from your domain that fails SPF/DKIM validation. Options are outlined below in red:
v=DMARC1; p=none; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
v=DMARC1; p=reject; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
Alternately, you can request an email report of failed DMARC validations by adding a valid email address, such as the following:
v=DMARC1; p=none; sp=none; ruf=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
v=DMARC1; p=reject; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ruf=mailto:email@example.com; ri=86400
v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; sp=none; ruf=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
- Click Add Record to save your record.
Note: In Zone Editor, typing “_dmarc” will autopopulate the domain.
You will then see your record listed in the Zone File Records section.
Congratulations, now you know how to setup DMARC records in your cPanel for email validation.
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