SiteGround: 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 SiteGround® site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab.
  2. Enter your username or email address and click Next.
  3. Enter the password you created when you bought your domain from SiteGround.
  4. Click Sign In.

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

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. Click the Services tab.
  2. Click the Hosting child tab.
  3. Under your domain’s hosting plan, click Manage.

    The My Hosting plan is shown with Renew and Manage options.

  4. Next to your domain, click Site Tools.

    The Site Tools option is to the left of the domain name.

  5. In the left column, click Domainand thenDNS Zone Editor.

    On the left column, Domain and DNS Zone Editor are selected.

  6. 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 Create New Record, click the TXT tab.
    2. Leave the Name field empty.
    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 1 hour.
    4. In the Value field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

      All fields of the TXT record are completed and the Create button is selected.

    5. Click Create.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. Under Create New Record, click the CNAME tab.
    2. In the Name field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Label / Host field from step 1.
    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 1 hour.
    4. In the Points to field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Destination / Target field from step 1.

      All fields of the CNAME record are complete and the Create button is selected.

    5. Click Create.
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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