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Q. What should I put in my SPF records to send mail from my site using my domain name?

If you want to originate mail from your site that uses a sender address in a domain name of yours, to help prevent your messages from being marked as spam, you should publish an SPF record incorporating our sending servers. This can be easily done without the need to check for periodic updates by using the SPF include facility. Just add to your SPF record.

For example, if you send email from your site, such as forum registrations from, but most of's email is handled by Google apps, you would add a TXT record for like:

v=spf1 ~all

This will tell the world that mail from may originate from either Google or our sending servers, and that anything that comes from elsewhere is probably (but not definitely) a forgery.

Because of the very different usages and sending profiles, we have three completely different sets of email servers: one for NearlyFreeSpeech.NET service-related email, another for email forwarding, and a third for mail originating from member sites. Thus it is very important that you do not put in your SPF record. We also strongly recommend against hardcoding specific servers into your SPF records. We may change them from time to time without notice.