Names.co.uk: Verify your domain

Why we verify

We verify that you own your domain — that’s your business web address, like yourcompany.com — to ensure that no one else is using your domain for Google Apps without your permission (to send email, for example).

How verification works

The Google Apps Setup Wizard gives you a unique verification code that you will add to the domain settings at your host, Names.co.uk. Your domain host manages technical settings for your domain and may also provide email or web hosting. (Names.co.uk not your domain host? See instructions for other hosts.)

These instructions walk you through adding a TXT record that contains the verification code to your Names.co.uk domain settings.

Let's get started.

Google Apps has two versions of the Setup Wizard. Both wizards verify your domain, but the steps are a little different. Choose the instructions below for your version of the Setup Wizard.

Setup Wizard Version 1 Setup Wizard Version 2

If you don’t see either of these screens, see the step below to open the Setup Wizard.

Open the Google Apps Setup Wizard
  1. Go to admin.google.com to sign in to the Google Admin console. Enter your Google Apps email address and password. (This email address ends with @yourcompany.com, and is not an @gmail.com or a personal Google account.)
  2. After you sign in, you’ll see the Setup Wizard at the top of the Admin console. Click Verify Domain.

  3. Leave the Setup Wizard open in this browser window. You’ll continue to refer to it during the verification process. In a moment, you’ll open a different browser window to sign in to your domain hosts website.

Instructions for Setup Wizard Version 1

1. Choose verification method

Choose verification method

These instructions cover the steps in Version 1 of the Google Apps Setup Wizard to verify your domain. After verifying, you can set up Gmail and start using Docs, Calendar, and more apps.

When you open the Google Apps Setup Wizard, you’ll see the Verify by adding a meta tag option. (This option is best if you’re a webmaster or can edit HTML on your company’s website.)

Click the Choose another verification method drop-down list and select Add a domain host record (TXT or CNAME).

Click below for the next step.
2. Sign in to Names.co.uk

Sign in to Names.co.uk

You should now see the Add the verification code to your domain host step in the Google Apps Setup Wizard.

  1. Leave the Google Apps Setup Wizard open.
  2. Then open a new browser window and go to the Names.co.uk site at Names.co.uk

    Whenever you see the Google Apps icon in these instructions, you’ll complete that step in the Google Apps Setup Wizard.
  3. In the top corner of the Names.co.uk site, click Log In.
  4. Enter your Names.co.uk account details and click Log In.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact Names.co.uk Support.

  5. In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I signed in to my domain host box.

Click below for the next step.
3. Find the DNS settings in the Names.co.uk control panel

Find the DNS settings in the Names.co.uk control panel

It may be possible for your domain host's support team to add the verification record for you. See an example request.

  1. In the Names.co.uk site, click Control Panel.

    Control Panel

  2. Under Domains & Hosting, click DNS Administration.

    DNS Administration link

  3. Click the domain name you want to verify with Google Apps. In this example, we'll use the domain td-names.com, but you'll see your own domain name instead.

    Domain link

    You'll see the Add/Modify DNS Zone page.

    Names.co.uk Add/Modify DNS Zone page

  4. In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I opened the domain management settings box.

Click below for the next step.
4. Add a new TXT record to your domain

Add a new TXT record to your domain

  1. In the Add/Modify DNS Zone page, go to the A, CNAME, AAAA, TXT and NS records section. In this section, you'll see entries like those in this image.

    TXT record key

  2. In the next empty row, you will add a new TXT record. Leave the Host name field empty.
  3. From the Type drop-down list, select TXT.

    TXT option

  4. In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, go to the Add a new TXT record to your domain step.

  5. Copy the verification code in the Value/Answer/Destination box. You do not need to add the @ in the Name/Host/Alias field to your new TXT records.

    The verification code is a long string of letters, numbers, and symbols that begins with google-site-verification. Be sure to use the unique code provided to you in the Setup Wizard, not the example code shown here.

  6. Paste the code in the Names.co.uk Result field.

    TXT record key

  7. Click Save.

    Your page will refresh, and you’ll see a red Thank You confirmation message to let you know that the TXT record has been added.

    Note: It can take 24–48 hours for this change to take effect. However, as you go through the next steps in the Google Apps Setup Wizard, the wizard immediately starts checking for your new TXT record to verify your domain.

  8.  In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I added the TXT verification record box.

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5. Save the TXT record and verify

Save the TXT record and verify

In the Google Apps Setup Wizard Save the TXT record and verify step, check the I saved the TXT verification record box.

You have now completed the domain verification process. Google can typically detect your new record and verify ownership of your domain in 60 minutes or less. You may also be able to check the verification status in the Setup Wizard.

Contact Google Apps Support if you need help with verification.

Click below for the next step.
6. Next steps

Next steps

After your domain is verified, you can follow the steps in the Google Apps Setup Wizard to set up your business email with Google Apps.

We recommend that you follow the detailed email MX records instructions for Names.co.uk, or find instructions for another email host.

Instructions for Setup Wizard Version 2

1. Open the Setup Wizard

Open the Setup Wizard

These instructions cover the steps in Version 2 of the Google Apps Setup Wizard to verify your domain. After verifying, you can set up Gmail and start using Docs, Calendar, and more apps.

When you open the Google Apps Setup Wizard, select Other as your domain host. You'll then see steps for adding a TXT record to your domain host records.

Click below for the next step.
2. Log in to your Names.co.uk account

Log in to your Names.co.uk account

  1. Leave the Google Apps Setup Wizard open.
  2. Open a new browser window and go to the Names.co.uk site at Names.co.uk.

    Whenever you see the Google Apps icon in these instructions, you’ll complete that step in the Google Apps Setup Wizard.
  3. In the top corner of the Names.co.uk site, click Log In.
  4. Enter your Names.co.uk domain account details and click Log In.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact Names.co.uk Support.

    It may be possible for your domain host's support team to add the verification record for you. See an example request.
  5. In the Names.co.uk website, click Control Panel.

    Control Panel

  6. Under Domains & Hosting, click DNS Administration.

    DNS Administration link

  7. Click the domain name you want to verify with Google Apps. In this example, we'll use the domain td-names.com, but you'll see your own domain name instead.

    Domain link

    You'll see the Add/Modify DNS Zone page.

    Names.co.uk Add/Modify DNS Zone page

Click below for the next step.
3. Add a verification record

Add a verification record

  1. In the Add/Modify DNS Zone page, go to the A, CNAME, AAAA, TXT and NS records section. In this section, you'll see entries like those in this image.

    TXT record key

  2. In the next empty row, you will add a new TXT record. Leave the Host name field empty.
  3. From the Type drop-down list, select TXT.

    TXT option

  4. In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, copy the verification code in the Value/Answer/Destination box. You do not need to add the @ in the Name/Host/Alias field to your new TXT records.

    The verification code is a long string of letters, numbers, and symbols that begins with google-site-verification. Be sure to use the unique code provided to you in the Setup Wizard, not the example code shown here.

  5. Paste the code in the Names.co.uk Result field.

    TXT record key

  6. Click Save.

    Your page will refresh, and you’ll see a red Thank You confirmation message to let you know that the TXT record has been added.

    Note: It can take 24–48 hours for this change to take effect. However, as you go through the next steps in the Google Apps Setup Wizard, the wizard immediately starts checking for your new TXT record to verify your domain.

Click below for the next step.
4. Return to the Google Apps Setup Wizard.

Return to the Google Apps Setup Wizard

Return to the Google Apps Setup Wizard that's open in your other browser window and click Verify.

You have now completed the domain verification process. Google can typically detect your new record and verify ownership of your domain in 60 minutes or less.

Contact Google Apps Support if you need help with verification.

Click below for the next step.
5. Next steps

Next steps

After your domain is verified, you can follow the steps in the Google Apps Setup Wizard to set up your business email with Google Apps.

We recommend that you follow the detailed email MX records instructions for Names.co.uk, or find instructions for another email host.