If you have a domain in Hostgator, you might want to set up a DMARC record for your domain. Follow this comprehensive guide to publish the DMARC record for your domain in Hostgator.

You need to publish a DMARC record into your DNS because it defines the rules for DMARC implementation. A DMARC record will contain the DMARC policy that will inform ISPs (like Microsoft, Gmail, etc.) if you have a domain setup to use DMARC. Some users receive the error “no DMARC record found” because they do not have a DMARC record set up for their domain.

How to Set Up DMARC For Your Domain?

Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) has become an integral approach that helps ensure the integrity of emails from a given domain.

However, by default, every web host, email server, or domain does not turn on this crucial email security standard. DMARC requires email administrators and organizations to set up and configure policies. To add DMARC to your domain, you must make a simple one-line entry in your domain’s DNS records.

After generating the DMARC record for your domain, follow these steps to publish the DMARC record into your Hostgator DNS:

  1. Open cPanel: Log in to cPanel at Hostgator.
  2. Advanced DNS Zone Editor: Go to the Domains section and choose the Advanced DNS Zone Editor. It will take you to the DNS control panel.
  3. Add Record: Click the “Add Record Button.” You will see the Add record section below:
  • Name: enter ‘_dmarc’ (choose the TXT record name as “_dmarc.yourdomain.com”)
  • TTL: Key in the desired TTL value.
  • Type: select TXT Record.
  • TXT Data: In this section, enter your custom TXT record (the DMARC record generated by your DMARC record generator).
  1. Publish your (DMARC) DNS record by clicking on Add Record.

It is crucial to note that since you cannot have multiple DMARC records, if you see a record with _dmarc, edit the record instead of creating a new one.

Your first DMARC reports will start arriving within 72 hours. Most ISPs send one report each day, and due to DNS caching, the process can take up to 72 hours.

A Couple of Generally Asked Questions

How to add the domain to Hostgator?

A secondary domain hosted on the cPanel account is called an Addon domain, and they typically have a particular website. You can add the addon domain through the cPanel even if you do not own the domain name. However, it will not work until the domain is connected and registered on the server.

How to set up Hostgator email?

All Hostgator Web Servers are capable of sending emails and have an SMTP Server installed. For Hostgator email setup, use localhost as the SMTP Server in the web applications or web forms to send emails through the Web Server.

 Adding DMARC records is perhaps the easiest step while configuring DMARC for your domain. Setting up DMARC the right way is when you need to be careful to ensure you do not end up having crucial emails end up in spam. You can use any tools available online, such as DMARCReport, to avoid any problems while setting up DMARC for your domain, especially if it’s for your business.