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.

Setting up DMARC Records

  1. Login to cPanel.
  2. Click Zone Editor under Domains.

    Note: Older cPanels may only have Advanced Zone Editor – shown in screenshots below on the right.

    DMARC setup in cPanel

    DMARC setup in cPanel

  3. Specify the domain to manage.
    DMARC settings in cPanel

    DMARC settings in cPanel

  4. 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:
    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:user@example.com; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400
    Reject: v=DMARC1; p=reject; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ruf=mailto:user@example.com; ri=86400
    Quarantine: v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; sp=none; ruf=mailto:user@example.com; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400

  5. Click Add Record to save your record.

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

    Saving DMARC settings

    Saving DMARC settings

    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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