Hostgator: 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.

Step 1: Get your unique verification record

You get the verification record in the Setup Wizard when you sign up.

Not in the Setup Wizard? Go to Find the G Suite Setup Wizard to find the verification record. Copy your unique verification record, return to this article, and go to Step 2: Sign in to your domain host.

  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. From the Value/Answer/Destination field, copy the entire unique verification record.Value/Answer/Destination field shows an example of the verification record.

Tip: If you need a CNAME record instead of a TXT record, in the Add a new TXT record to your domain step in the Setup Wizard, click add a CNAME record. You'll copy and paste both parts of this record into your domain's DNS records.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  1. In the Setup Wizard, on the Verify your domain and set up email page, click the link to open your domain host sign-in page in a new tab.

    Note: If the Setup Wizard doesn’t provide a link to your domain, open the HostGator® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard open in the first tab.

  2. At the top of the HostGator site, click Customer Login.
  3. Under Choose Your Login, click Portal Login.
  4. Enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from HostGator.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password.

  5. Click Login.
Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. On the Hosting tab, click Domains.

    Hosting Tab and Domains option are selected.

  2. Scroll down to the Domains section and click Advanced DNS Zone Editor.

    The Advanced DNS Zone Editor option under the Domains section is selected.

  3. Open the instructions for the type of verification record you want to add to your domain’s DNS records. Add a TXT verification record (most common)
    1. In the Advanced Zone Editor, under Add a Record, select TXT as the record type.
    2. In the Name field, enter your domain name (which looks like mydomain.com).
    3. In the TTL field, enter 3600.
    4. In the TXT Data field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in Step 1

      The TXT record is added to the Add a Record section.

    5. Click Add Record. The new TXT record appears in the Zone File Records section table.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. In the Advanced Zone Editor, under Add a Record, select CNAME as the record type.
    2. In the Name field, enter the contents from the Host/Label field found in Step 1. If you get an error message, enter your domain name (which looks like mydomain.com) in this field instead.
    3. In the TTL field, enter 3600.
    4. In the CNAME field, enter the contents of the Value/Answer/Destination field that you copied in Step 1. This text is a long string of letters and numbers that ends in domainverify.googlehosted.com

      A CNAME record is added to the Add a Record section.

    5. Click Add Record. The new CNAME record appears in the Zone File Records table.

Note: This change can take up to 72 hours to update. However, as you go through the next steps in the Google Setup Wizard, the wizard immediately starts checking for your new verification record to verify your domain.

Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the Setup Wizard.
  2. Check the I saved the verification record box or click Verify.
  3. If you’re a G Suite customer, go to Next steps to set up Gmail.

G Suite: Next steps

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

  1. Keep the Setup Wizard and your domain host pages open.
  2. In a separate browser tab or window, follow the instructions to set up Gmail (MX records) with your host.
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