Good evening, fellow Disrooters.
I have recently purchased a domain and am trying to set it up with my Disroot email account. Although I am a regular contributor, I have not yet sent the domain linking form (reasons explained below). If you can spare the time for a newbie in DNS settings, I would be very grateful for your help on two issues. I have searched this forum and found no answer.
1. SPF record
The first and least one is about the DNS settings given in Disroot’s domain linking form. From what I understand, a
SPF record is actually a
TXT record beginning with
v=spf1; at least I hope so, because I can enter records of type
TXT but not
SPF (this option is simply not available). Then, why are there two different SPF records in the domain linking form (points 3 and 4)? It seems, to the newbie I am, that the second (point 4) contradicts the first one (point 3).
2. Aliases and email forwarding
The second and most important question is about identities (email aliases) and email forwarding. The five possible email aliases offered in the domain linking form would be enough for my identites (family, work, web, etc.). However ‘infinite aliases’ such as
email@example.com would be awesome.
I discovered that my domaine name registrar (Njalla) offered an ‘email forwarding’ feature, with that sweet ‘catch all’ option. Thinking this was the same thing as the aliases offered by Disroot, I thought I would use Njalla’s feature instead. My tests revealed that I could receive emails at the addresses forwarded by Njalla, but not send emails ‘from’ them; I guess that means these are not real ‘aliases’.
Ideally, I would like to use Disroot’s aliases for my few identities, and define other forwarding addresses (especially a ‘catch all’) at Njalla’s end. My problem is that, to enable email forwarding, Njalla sets (and lock) two DNS records:
MX (Priority 10) to
mail (without possibility to add another
MX record) and
mail, to some IP address.
This prevents me from having Disroot's ‘real’ aliases at the same time as Njalla ‘catch all’ forwarding. Is that a technical incompatibility? If not, can I make it work somehow? Should I contact Njalla’s staff? If so, asking what?
Thank you, dear reader, for any help you can give me on these two questions.