SiteGround: Verify your domain

Important! Use this article to set up a new domain with Google Workspace. If you've been using Google Workspace with your domain for more than 3 days, your domain is already verified.

Why verify?

We don't want someone else to use your domain to sign up for Google Workspace. You can help us keep your domain safe by showing us that you are the owner.

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 Google Workspace support for fast, personalized help that’s included with your Google Workspace subscription. Google Cloud support is available for customers with Silver, Gold, or Platinum support levels.

Step 1: Get your unique verification record

If you already signed up for Google Workspace but didn't complete the setup process, you can pick up where you left off.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Open the setup tool and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  3. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record. You can also click Switch verification method if you need to use another method.

    A red circle highlights the Continue button at the bottom of the Here

  4. Click Copy to copy your unique verification record.

    Shows the Copy button next to the TXT verification record.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  1. In the Admin Console, 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 Admin Console doesn’t provide a link to your domain, open the SiteGround site in a new tab. The Admin Console 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. On the Plan Details page, next to the domain you want to verify, click Manage.

    On the Plan Details page, a red circle highlights the Manage button.

  5. Next to your domain, click Site Tools.

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

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

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

  7. 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 Workspace to check your verification code
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Click Continue.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click Verify my domain.

Important! It might take additional time for your registrar to publish the verification code. If the Google Workspace setup tool gives you an error message, wait an hour before you try again.

In extreme cases, it can take up to 48 hours for your registrar to publish your verification code.

Next steps

  1. Return to the Google Workspace setup tool, where you can:
    • Add other users to your account.
    • Activate Gmail for your organization.
  2. Review the quick start guides to continue setting up Google Workspace for your organization.



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