InMotion: 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, Drive Enterprise, 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 (usually stored with your domain host).

Need help with verification? Contact G Suite support for fast, personalized help that’s included with your G Suite subscription. Google Cloud support is available for customers with Silver, Gold, or Platinum support levels.

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 InMotion Hosting® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard open in the first tab.

  2. At the upper right of the InMotion Hosting homepage, click AMP Login.
  3. Under Log in, enter the email address and password you created when you bought your domain from InMotion Hosting.
  4. Click Log in.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact InMotion Hosting support.

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. From the My Account tab, scroll down and click cPanel.

    cPanel icon

    Note: If you don’t have the cPanel option, you might not have a hosting subscription with InMotion Hosting. Contact InMotion Hosting support.

  2. From cPanel, scroll down to the Domains section and click Zone Editor.

    Under Domains, Zone Editor is selected.

  3. To the right of the domain name that you want to verify for Google, click Manage.

    To the right of the domain name, the Manage option is selected.

    A table of the zone records for your test domain opens.

  4. 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. Next to the Filter by name field, click the Add Record menu and select Add TXT Record.

      The Add Record drop-down list is shown with the Add TXT Record option selected.

    2. In the Name field, enter your domain name.
    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 900.
    4. In the Record field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

      All fields of the TXT record have been filled and the Add Record button is selected.

    5. Click Add Record.

      The new verification record is at the bottom of the zone’s DNS records table.

    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. Next to the Filter by name field, click the Add Record menu and select Add a CNAME Record.

      The Add Record drop-down list is shown with the Add CNAME Record option selected.

    2. In the Name field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Label / Host field from step 1.

      Your domain name will be added to the end of this record.

    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 900.
    4. In the Record field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Destination / Target field from step 1.

      All of the CNAME record fields have been completed and the Add Record button is selected.

    5. Click Add Record.

      The new verification record is at the bottom of the zone’s DNS records table.

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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