How to add a DMARC record in cPanel

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DMARC is an email authentication method that sits alongside SPF and DKIM, addressing a shortfall where SPF and DKIM records aren't correctly set or detected. Setting it up can strongly help improve your email delivery, resulting in a lower chance of emails ending up marked as SPAM and going into SPAM/Junk folders.

Before you add a DMARC record make sure you have enabled SPF and DKIM. Click here for a guide on doing that by our parent company Digital Pacific.

 

Step 1 - Login to cPanel

 

Step 2 - Click on the Advanced Zone Editor icon

 

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You will see these options which allow you to add a DMARC and other DNS records

 

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Step 3 - Here are the possible records you can add:

 

Name - _dmarc

TTL - 3600

Type - TXT

TXT Data: Here you can choose how you want the servers you're sending email to handle email from your domain that fails SPF/DKIM validation. Make sure to only add the record starting at "v= . The safest options would be to Quarantine and send a report (the last option on the list). The options are:

 

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"

 

Alternatively, you can have an email report for failed DMARC validation by adding a valid email address, for example:

 

None: "v=DMARC1; p=none; sp=none; ruf=mailto:email@yourdomain.com; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400"

Reject: "v=DMARC1; p=reject; sp=none; rf=afrf; pct=100; ruf=mailto:email@yourdomain.com; ri=86400"

Quarantine: "v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; sp=none; ruf=mailto:email@yourdomain.com; rf=afrf; pct=100; ri=86400"

 

If you chose this option, make sure to replace "email@yourdomain.com" with a valid email address.

 

Step 4 - Click the Add Record button:

 

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