My website (functioning for last year) seems unable to externally display any TXT records

I have a fully functional website, running fine for web users. I have spent months trying to get email running on it (presently using a hack solution of a private Gmail account through my Flask app). As part of my recent discovery, I found that the several TXT records I created on the base site (using @, i.e. the base site URL name) were not discernable from the outside. No TXT records are shown from, whether I use my domain name or the actual IP. These TXT records are months old, not just recently created ones. From inside DO, these TXT records show up perfectly fine. What do I need to do to make my TXT records show up properly?

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You need to make sure that you’ve added your TXT records under your active DNS zone. The active DNS zone is the one that your nameservers point to.

For example if you are using the DigitalOcean nameservers, then this means that you need to add the TXT record via your DigitalOcean DNS zone.

To find out what your nameservers are, you could use the whois command or an online tool like

Once you know what nameservers your domain name is using, then you can head to the correct DNS zone and add your DNS records there.

Let me know how it goes. Best, Bobby