How to Setup DMARC Records in cPanel

DMARC Setup Guide - Learn How to Setup DMARC Records in cPanel

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. We provide basic DMARC record examples below.

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DMARC Setup Steps

  1. Login to cPanel.
  2. Click Zone Editor under Domains.
    DMARC setup in cPanel
  3. Click the Manage button next to the domain you want to work with.
    Manage Domain -Setup DMARC
  4. Click the +Add Record button.
    Setup DMARC - Add Record
  5. Change the Type from A to TXT.
  6. Enter the Name, TTL, Type, and Record as described below. Keep in mind that you must select one of the following options for the Record field: None, Reject, or Quarantine.
    FieldSetting
    Name_dmarc
    TTL14400
    TypeTXT
    RecordIn 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:
    None: v=DMARC1; p=none; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
    Reject: v=DMARC1; p=reject; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
    Quarantine: 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:

    None: v=DMARC1; p=none; sp=none; ruf=mailto:[email protected]; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
    Reject: v=DMARC1; p=reject; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ruf=mailto:[email protected]; ri=86400
    Quarantine: v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; sp=none; ruf=mailto:[email protected]; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400

  7. Click Add Record to save your record.

    Note: In Zone Editor, typing “_dmarc” will autopopulate the domain.

    Saving DMARC settings

    You will then see your record listed in the Zone Records section.

Congratulations, now you know how to setup DMARC records in your cPanel for email validation.

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9 Comments

    • Keep in mind that this would only apply if an email from your domain fails SPF/DKIM validation. So if it is setup correctly it should not be a concern unless someone is spoofing your server/email accounts. This really boils down to preference, but here is a breakdown of the results you would get if an email from your domain failed validation:

      • None would still attempt to deliver the email
      • Reject would make the email fail and most likely bounce back
      • Quarantine would tell the recipient server to flag the email as unsafe and will most likely send to a Spam box

      I hope this helps.

  • I don’t understand this comment:
    Note: In Zone Editor, typing “_dmarc” will autopopulate the domain.
    When I did this, it just expanded the first field to say:
    _dmarc.[mydomain].com
    but didn’t do anything else. Since that seemed wrong, I re-edited that field to
    [mydomain].com.
    and filled in the TXT contents from your other examples.

    • Hello Henry – thanks for your post about using “_dmarc” to autopopulate the domain. It is possible that current updates to the cPanel have changed the command. We are currently researching this and will update the article after confirming and needed change.

      • Nope, turns out the comment is 100% right after all. Type: _dmarc then tab out, and it will fill in _dmarc.yourdomain.com, which is totally correct. A number of tools apparently depend on the _dmarc prefix being there in order to do their jobs.

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