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Using Amazon SES, to show the email is coming properly from my domain to email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo etc..., it's required I use "v=spf1 include:amazonses.com -all"

However, the record currently reads "v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:xxx.xxx.xxx.xx ?all"
How do I combine these two so it doesn't otherwise interfere with my forum's mail?
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    you should probably head over to the "Coding" sub forum for that one

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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
    This thread should be moved - hopefully a mod will see it and move it over but...


    Here's how you do it if you have cPanel:

    Login to your cPanel and go to the Mail section - Click "Email Authentication"
    Be very careful here!
    Scroll down and look for
    Include List (INCLUDE):
    The SPF settings for all hosts you specify in this list will be included with your SPF settings. This is useful if you will be sending mail though another service (e.g. mac.com, comcast.com, etc).
    Click the "add" button and enter amazonses.com and then press the "ok" button
    Now scroll down to the very bottom of this page and click "update"

    Your SPF record will include Amazon SES and your outgoing mail will be properly recognized
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    • Profile picture of the author damian5000
      Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

      This thread should be moved - hopefully a mod will see it and move it over but...


      Here's how you do it if you have cPanel:

      Login to your cPanel and go to the Mail section - Click "Email Authentication"
      Be very careful here!
      Scroll down and look for
      Click the "add" button and enter amazonses.com and then press the "ok" button
      Now scroll down to the very bottom of this page and click "update"

      Your SPF record will include Amazon SES and your outgoing mail will be properly recognized
      I would try this, but I'm using cloudflare and have added a bunch of records at cloudflare that aren't in my standard hosting cpanel. Let me see if I can figure it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author euraffiliates
    I think you should simply add a new text record in your DNS .

    You can do it by adding a new DNS zone file. If your name server and hosting server are the same you should login to your hosting control panel and a new text DNS record. Otherwise you should be able to do it at your domain registrar control panel.

    Hope it helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      Originally Posted by euraffiliates View Post

      I think you should simply add a new text record in your DNS .

      You can do it by adding a new DNS zone file. If your name server and hosting server are the same you should login to your hosting control panel and a new text DNS record. Otherwise you should be able to do it at your domain registrar control panel.

      Hope it helps.
      A DNS record and an SPF Record are 2 different things.
      Here is what an SPF Record does verbatim right from cPanel:
      The SPF system allows you to specify servers and IP addresses that are authorized to send mail from your domain(s). This feature works to prevent outgoing spam messages.
      This is one of the most important records to have and my host now enables it by default - I would think most web hosts do
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  • Profile picture of the author damian5000
    The hosting company said if I have 2 SPF records, it will randomly/intermittently use the two, but won't combine them.

    I use cloudflare now, that's where the DNS is pointed to and where I'm setting up the SPF.

    I put it in marketing because this seems a general marketing question as SPF records are a big part of emailing. I don't mind if it needs to be moved though.

    The main thing I'm wondering is if I change the SPF record to amazonses, will it affect my regular forum emails. Or is there some way to combine these 2?
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      Originally Posted by damian5000 View Post

      The hosting company said if I have 2 SPF records, it will randomly/intermittently use the two, but won't combine them.

      I use cloudflare now, that's where the DNS is pointed to and where I'm setting up the SPF.

      I put it in marketing because this seems a general marketing question as SPF records are a big part of emailing. I don't mind if it needs to be moved though.

      The main thing I'm wondering is if I change the SPF record to amazonses, will it affect my regular forum emails. Or is there some way to combine these 2?
      I'm unfamiliar with cloudflare - however I use the the set up I described in post 3 so that the stmp server I use to send email for my domain is included in my spf record - but also my server ip is also in my spf record - unless cloudflare setup is different you can have more than one domain on an SPF record - it just means that if Amazon SES is sending mail from your domain it's been authorized to do so.
      again:

      The SPF system allows you to specify servers and IP addresses that are authorized to send mail from your domain(s). This feature works to prevent outgoing spam messages.
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      • Profile picture of the author damian5000
        Setup is similar to cloudflare, but they need to be added manually. I just did as you instructed on cpanel and also selected
        All Entry (ALL):
        If you are sure you have entered all hosts (your primary mail exchanger and any other mx entries are automatically included) that will send mail for your domain, check this box to exclude all other domains.
        and it spit out "v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:xxx.xxx.xxx.xx +include:amazonses.com -all".

        That looks right to me. I'll copy it over to cloudflare and we'll see if it jives.
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        • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
          Originally Posted by damian5000 View Post

          Setup is similar to cloudflare, but they need to be added manually. I just did as you instructed on cpanel and also selected and it spit out "v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:199.xxx.200.xx +include:amazonses.com -all".

          That looks right to me. I'll copy it over to cloudflare and we'll see if it jives.
          it looks right to me as well, Damian
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  • Profile picture of the author koolkat1979
    I have added the following spf record (v=spf1 mx include:spf.cintindex.com ~all) to my DNS zone but it is not showing up when I am checking it (SPF Record Check by WebSitePulse)
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