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Afrihost: 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 Afrihost® site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab.

  3. Click Client Zone at the top of the page to sign in to Afrihost. Enter your username and password and click Login.

    If you don’t know your username and password, you can click Forgot Password to have your password emailed to you or contact Afrihost support.


    Login 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. Go back to the Afrihost site tab you opened earlier in step 1.3.
  2. In the ClientZone, click Hosting from the toolbar.

    You must have a hosting plan with Afrihost to make changes to your DNS settings. If you don't have access to some of the settings described below, contact Afrihost Support.


    Hosting menu option


  3. In the My Hosting page, under Shared Hosting, click the domain name that you want to verify for G Suite. In this example, we'll use the domain, but you'll see your own domain name instead.


    Domain button in My Hosting


  4. Click Hosting Settings.


    Hosting Settings button


  5. In the Hosting Settings section, click DNS Editor.


    DNS Editor button


    You're now in the Afrihost DNS control panel.

  6. Click Create New Record. Adding this TXT record won't affect your email or website.


    Create New Record button


  7. Paste the entire verification code into the Content field.


    Create New Record form


  8. From the Type drop-down list, click TXT.


    TXT type drop-down option


  9. The Record field will automatically show the name of your domain. Leave the Priority (MX) field blank. In the TTL field, enter 3600.


    TTL field


  10. Click Create to save your new TXT record.


    Create button


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


    Success! Confirmation message


    Note: The change may take up to several hours to update. However, as you go through the next steps in the G Suite 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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