Site5: 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, G Suite Essentials, 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.

Step 1: Get your unique verification record

If you already signed up for G Suite 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.

    A red circle highlights 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 Site5® site in a new tab. Keep the Admin Console open in the first tab.

  2. In the Email Address field, enter the email address associated with your Site5 account.
  3. In the Password field, enter the password you created when you purchased your domain from Site5.
  4. Check the box to acknowledge the term and conditions.
  5. Click Login.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact Site5 support.

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records

Note: You must have a Site5 hosting package to manage DNS records.

  1. From the My Account dashboard, click the Services tab and select My Services.

    My Services option on the Services tab is selected.

  2. In the My Products & Services table, click your hosting package.

    The HostBasic domain hosting package is selected.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Product Details page and click Login to cPanel.

    The Login to cPanel button is selected.

  4. In the cPanel, under Domains, click Zone Editor.

    Zone Editor link is selected under the Domains section.

  5. Click Manage.

    The Manage option under Actions is selected.

  6. Click Add Record and from the list select Add TXT Record.

    The Add TXT Record option is selected on the Add Record drop-down list.

  7. In the Valid zone name field, enter your domain name (without the www.).

    cPanel will add a period to the end of your domain name.

  8. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
  9. In the Record Text field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

    The TXT record fields are completed and the Add Record button is selected.

  10. Click Add Record.
Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the setup tool in the Admin console and click Verify.

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

  2. Click Continue, then scroll to the bottom of the next page. Click Verify my domain.

    A red circle highlights the Verify My Domain button on Step 5. Add your TXT Record page of the wizard

G Suite: Next steps

Now it’s time to set up Gmail with your G Suite account.

  1. Keep the Admin console 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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