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Set up DKIM on dedicated email hosting
Updated Friday December 4th 2020 / Category Email Hosting

What is DKIM and why should I use it?

DKIM stands for Domain Keys Identified Mail. Put simply, DKIM is a system that allows an email provider to “sign” an email before it’s sent, so that a recipient email server/service can verify that the email was actually sent from a legitimate source.

More and more email providers/services are using DKIM to verify that an email is legitimate, so it can be a good idea to enable this feature.

Obtaining your DKIM Record

  1. Login to VIPControl
  2. Click on My Services at the top of the page
  3. Click on Email Hosting
  4. Click on Manage next to your email service
  5. Scroll down to DKIM record, where you can see Hostname and Content (TXT)

How to add the DKIM record

Here is the DNS record information you need, to create a new SPF record. Keeping in mind that if you have an existing SPF record, you will need to edit is like the example above.

  • Record Type: TXT
  • Hostname: axigen._domainkey.your-domain-name-here.com (this is an example, obtain this from VIPControl in the steps above)
  • Value: Obtain this from VIPControl in the steps above
  • TTL: 3600

A DKIM record is added as a TXT record in your domain name’s DNS settings. If you domain name is using our Free DNS Hosting platform, you can follow these steps to add a TXT record. And if you’re using cPanel to manage your domain name’s DNS records, follow these steps.

If your domain name’s DNS settings are managed with a 3rd party, you will need to contact them about setting up your new DKIM record.

More Information

If you want to know more about DKIM, feel free to read more about it here.

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