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How do I create / modify TXT records?

You can create TXT records using the domain management tools provided by your register. The following steps can be applied to all domain name registers, although some details in the application may vary slightly from register to register. Creating TXT records does not interrupt the current flow of your e-mail, or affect other existing services.

To configure the TXT records for a domain through IP.GR:

1. Visit IP.GR page and login to the account you have created.

2. From the My account menu, delect My doamains κand then Managment. Find the domain you want to edit it's records then Edit.

3. In the domain editing panel, activate the free DNS Control service.

4. In the zone file, enter the desired TXT records or modify the existing ones. Please note that any change you make to the zone file, may need from 3 to 72 hours to put your changes into effect until the registry servers be restarted.

You can have one or moreTXT records tha look like:

Name/Host/Alias Time to Live (TTL) Record Type(TXT) Value/Answer/Destination

In the first column, as name/host/alias you can leave it blank or put the "@"" character. The TTL column, is the one that tells name servers around the world in how many seconds should they check for any changes in this DNS record. Indicatively, you can give the value of 300, which means that servers will check every 300 seconds (5 minutes) for possible changes. The smaller the value of TTL, the sooner you can make changes to the record. The value/answer/destination column, can have different values depending on their use. An example of TXT records for various uses with Google apps, is given below.

a. To confirm the Property of a domain:

As a value give the unique security indication given on your property verification instructions in the Google Apps control panel. The indication contains 68 characters and begins with the expression “google-site-verification=”. An example of such value: google-site-verification=rXOxyZounnZasA8Z7oaD3c14JdjS9aKSWvsR1EbUSIQ and a TXT record example is the following:

mydomain.gr. 300 IN TXT "google-site-verification= rXOxyZounnZasA8Z7oaD3c14JdjS9aKSWvsR1EbUSIQ"

The google-site-verification tag and the key put them together in quotes.

Using the above example as a model, you must replace the mydomain.gr. with your domain name, followed by a period. Also, you should replace the key that follows the expression google-site-verification =, with the key that you have received from Google.

b. For Google Mail Servers use:

To direct your e-mail through the Google mail servers you should use a TXT record to create an SPF record. One such example is the recording:

mydomain.gr. 300 IN TXT "v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all"

where mydomain.gr. you set your own domain followed by a period. If you wish to use a second mail server alternatively, before the ~ all expression you should add the IP address of the server, in the form of IP4 or IP6 address.

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