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HostMonster: Verify your domain

Tip: For convenience, expand the steps in this article and print it to refer to as you go through the verification process.

Why verify?

After you verify that you own your domain, you can start using your Google service such as G Suite or Cloud Identity. If you have G Suite, you can start using Gmail, Google Drive, and all the other services included with your G Suite account.

How do I verify?

When you sign up for your Google service, you get a verification record that you copy and paste into your domain settings.

Need help with verification? Contact support for fast, free, personalized help.  


Step 1: Begin setup

When you initially sign up for your Google service, Google provides the verification record in the Setup Wizard (on the Verify your domain and set up email page).

If you need to verify your domain and you’re not already in the Setup Wizard, go to Find the G Suite Setup Wizard for instructions. Select TXT as your verification method in the wizard and then return to this article. Move on to the second Begin setup step below, and log into your domain host website.

  1. On the Verify your domain and set up email page, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record.


    Choose a Different Method drop-down menu


  2. Click the link in the wizard to open your domain host sign-in page in a new tab.

    Note: If the wizard doesn’t provide a link to your domain, click here to open the HostMonster® site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab.

  3. At the top of the HostMonster site, click Control Panel Login.


    Control Panel Login button


  4. Enter the domain or username and password that you created when you purchased your domain from HostMonster, and click Submit.

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


    Login credentials Submit button

Step 2: Get your verification record
  1. Click through the Setup Wizard steps until you see the verification record.

    The record looks like this:

    google-site-verification=followed by a unique string of text and numbers.


    A red circle highlights the TXT verification record


  2. Copy the verification record (including the entire string of text and numbers).
Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. In the HostMonster site, click the Domains tab and then click Zone Editor.


    Zone Editor option


  2. In the DNS Zone Editor, select your domain from the drop-down list.

    In this example, we'll use the domain, but you'll see your own domain name instead.


    Select a domain from the drop-down list.


  3. From the Type drop-down list, select TXT. Adding this TXT record won't affect your email or website.


    TXT selected in Type drop-down list


  4. In the HostMonster site, paste the code in the Points To field.


    Add Record button


  5. In the Host Record field, enter the @ symbol.
  6. In the TTL field, enter 14400 (minimum number of seconds accepted).
  7. Click Add Record to save your new TXT record.

    You'll see a green Successfully added records confirmation message to let you know that the TXT record has been added.

    Note: The change may take up to 4 hours for this change to take effect. However, as you go through the next steps in the Google Setup Wizard, the wizard immediately starts checking for your new TXT record to verify your domain.

Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the Setup Wizard in the first browser tab.
  2. Check the I saved the TXT verification record box and go to Next steps.

Next steps (for G Suite)

Now it’s time to set up Gmail with your G Suite account.

  1. Keep the Setup Wizard and your domain host website open.
  2. In a separate browser tab or window, open the instructions for setting up Gmail with your host.
  3. Follow the instructions to set up your MX records for mail delivery to Gmail.



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