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, G Suite Essentials, 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.

Important: You may be required to buy a hosting package from Hostgator before you can complete these steps. Learn more.

How to verify

Step 1: Get your unique verification record

If you already signed up for G Suite but didn't complete the setup process, you can pick up where you left off.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Open the setup tool and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  3. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record. You can also click Switch verification method if you need to use another method.

    A red circle highlights the Continue button at the bottom of the Here

  4. Click Copy to copy your unique verification record.

    A red circle highlights the Copy button next to the TXT verification record.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  1. In the Admin Console, 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 Admin Console doesn’t provide a link to your domain, open the HostGator® site in a new tab. Keep the Admin Console open in the first tab.

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

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

  6. Click Login.
Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. On the Dashboard, click Launch cPanel.

    Under Hosting Package, the Launch cPanel button is selected.

     

    Note: If you don't see Launch cPanel, it's because HostGator requires you to buy a hosting package from them before you can use cPanel. Learn more.

     

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

    The Advanced 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. Under Add a Record, from the Type list, select TXT.
    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 table.

    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. Under Add a Record, from the Type list, select CNAME.
    2. In the Name field, enter the contents from the Host/Label field found in step 1.

      HostGator will add your domain name to the end of the record.

    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 dv.googlehosted.com.

       

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

    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.

Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the setup tool in the Admin console and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  2. Click Continue, then scroll to the bottom of the next page. Click Verify my domain.

    A red circle highlights the Verify My Domain button on Step 5. Add your TXT Record page of the wizard

Additional information about Hostgator domains

Hostgator may require you to buy a hosting package from them before you can set up your domain for G Suite. If you cancel this hosting package in the future, it might cause your email and other G Suite services to stop working.

If you prefer not to purchase a hosting package, you have options:

Please contact Hostgator if you need help accessing cPanel or managing your hosting account. 

G Suite: Next steps

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

  1. Keep the Admin console 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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