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WordPress and Mailgun – Making the Records Verify

If you are here you already know why we are using Mailgun with WordPress, so we’ll skip that.

Mailgun DNS Records Won’t Verify!

I tried a number of solutions to get mailgun to verify my DNS records and it was a nightmare guessing game. That being said, I figured it out.

A quick note on SPF records before we continue:

SPF Records and Subdomains vs. Single Domain

You cannot have two SPF records for a single domain, meaning that this below is not allowed:

 

somedomain.com txt  "v=spf1 include:somedomain.com ~all"
somedomain.com txt  "v=spf1 include:anotherdomain.com~all"

However, you can combine the records into one record:

somedomain.com txt spf "v=spf1 include:somedomain.com include:anotherdomain.com ~all:

But know that subdomains can have their own SPF records so that this below is allowed:

somedomain.com txt  "v=spf1 include:somedomain.com ~all"
subdomain.com txt somedomain.com txt  "v=spf1 include:otherdomain.com ~all"

Here’s what you have to do to make it work (assuming you are using mg.mydoman.com with Mailgun):

  1. create the new subdomain in cPanel (or in whatever manner you use to create subdomains)
  2. mailgun is then going to tell you that you need to add an SPF record for:  mg.mydomain.com.  The problem is that (at least in WHM’s edit dns feature) — you need to leave out the trailing “mydomain.com”
  3. Your SPF Record for Mailgun should look like this:

    mg txt "v=spf1 include:mailgun.org~all"

    and NOT

    mg.mydomain.com txt "v=spf1 include:mailgun.org~all"
  4. The same thing now applies for the DKIM. Mailgun will tell you to use:
    krs._domainkey.mg.mydomain.com

    but what you need to use is this:

    krs._domainkey.mg

Once I realized the error I was making and made these changes, my domain verified instantly.

Hope this helps!

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