AAAA, SRV, and TXT records are essential DNS resolution records. The domain name system is a critical component of the internet ecosystem. It helps resolve domain names and IP addresses, route mails to the correct servers, authenticates emails, specifies service ports, and others.
DNS servers contain records that help browsers, computers, and servers perform successful DNS lookups.
Over 20 DNS records exist today, but eight are in common use; they include:
- A Record (Address Record)
- CNAME Record (Canonical Name Record)
- MX Record (Mail Exchanger Record)
- TXT Record
- NS Record (Name Server Record)
- SOA Record (Start of Authority Record)
- SRV Record (Service Record)
- PTR Record (Pointer Record)
But this article examines the AAAA, SRV, and TXT records. So let’s get started.
The Address “A” record is a DNS record that points domain names or subdomains to their IP addresses, making it the most fundamental DNS record. It helps resolve the human-readable domain names to their IP addresses, making it possible for you to visit our website with the domain www.scalahosting.com instead of its IP address—the language servers understand.
Adding multiple A records to your domain helps provide redundancy and protect against outages. The AAAA record is similar to the A record but only points domains and subdomains to IPv6 addresses, while the latter only holds IPv4 addresses.
If you have an IPv6 address and wish to add the record to your DNS zone file, kindly contact our support for quick help.
Some internet protocols rely on the SRV record to function correctly. The SRV record, short for Service record, is a DNS record that specifies the host and port for specific services like instant messaging, VoIP, and other third-party services.
It defines the server location for the specified service and how the domain handles that service. An SRV record contains the desired service, transport protocol of the desired service, the domain name for which the record is valid, and the time to live—the time the DNS server refreshes the record.
If you wish to add an SRV record to your domain, get in touch with our support.
The DNS TXT records contain text information for DNS servers. It lets web admins leave notes on the domain name system to verify domain ownership or configure email security.
For instance, users can upload TXT records with information that helps verify their ownership of the domain. They could also use SPF, DKIM, and DMARC TXT records to authenticate their emails and protect them from spoofers.
Adding TXT records to your domain is intuitive and straightforward. You could follow these steps to get it done.
Step 1: Sign in to Your SPanel Account
Access your SPanel account by domain.com/spanel/login and replace domain.com with your domain name.
Type in your email (or username), password in the text boxes, and click the LOGIN button to sign in.
If you sign in as a super admin, Spanel takes you to the admin dashboard, where you’ll have to select the account to log into, but it takes you straight to the account’s control panel if you log in with user access.
Step 2: Choose your Account
In the SPanel admin dashboard, click on List Accounts under the QUICK LINKS section or Account Management at the left-hand side of the dashboard.
SPanel loads to a new page showing all the accounts you manage as an admin.
Please scroll to the account you want to add a TXT record to, click the blue Actions button to reveal a pull-up menu, and choose Login to access the account’s control panel.
Step 3: Open the DNS Manager
On your account’s control panel, scroll down to the DOMAINS section and click DNS editor to open your DNS manager.
Step 4: Add Your TXT Record
On the DNS editor page, select the domain you wish to add the TXT record to from the pull-down menu.
Type your record name in the Name text box.
Enter a TTL (time to live) value for your TXT record, or use the default value.
Using a shorter TTL value makes propagation quicker. You could consider reducing the value before adding your record. Keep it between 3600 seconds and 86400 seconds after propagation.
Select TXT as your DNS Type.
Enter your TXT record in the Value text box and click the Add Record button to apply the changes.
Adding DNS records to your domain could be challenging. So if you need assistance setting up any record, do contact our support for quick help.