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, 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 Afrihost® site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab.
  2. 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 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.
  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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