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, click here to open the InMotion Hosting® site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab.

    You must have an active web hosting account with InMotion Hosting to add DNS records. If you don't, contact InMotion Hosting support for help.

  2. In the top corner of the InMotion site, click AMP Login.
  3. Enter the email address and password that you created when you purchased your domain from InMotion. Click Login.

    You're now at the Account Management Panel (AMP).

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

3. Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. In the InMotion site, in the Account Management Panel, scroll down to the section for the domain that you want to verify for your Google service. In this example, we'll use the domain, but you'll see your own domain name instead.
  2. Click cPanel.


    CPanel icon


  3. If you're prompted to log in, enter your password for this domain. The default password is the same as your AMP Login password, but you can click Reset password to change it or if you're unsure.


    Submit button


    You're now at your domain's cPanel.

  4. Scroll down to the Domains section and click Advanced DNS Zone Editor to create a new DNS TXT record. Adding this record won't affect your email or website.


    Add a record form


  5. In the Name field, enter your domain name followed by a period (.).
  6. Enter 3600 in the TTL field.
  7. Click the Type drop-down list, and select TXT.


    TXT drop-down menu option


  8. Paste the entire verification code into the TXT Data field.


    Add Record button


  9. Click Add Record to save your new TXT record.

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


    Added Record confirmation


    Note: The change may take up to 24 hours to update. 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.
  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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