WordPress.com: Verify and Set up Google Workspace

If your domain’s website is hosted by WordPress.com, you can verify your domain and set up your Google Workspace email at the same time. Or, you can set up email later and verify your domain by adding a meta tag or TXT record.

Why verify?

A Beginner's Guide to Signing up for Google Workspace

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 to verify

Step 1: Get your unique verification record
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record.

  3. Look for your verification code in the setup tool and click Copy.

    Shows the Copy button next to the Google Workspace verification code.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  1. Leave the Google Admin console setup instructions open.
  2. In a new tab or browser window, open the the WordPress site.
  3. Enter the email address or username and password that you created when you purchased your domain from WordPress.
  4. Click Continue.

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

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

If you want to verify your domain and set up Google Workspace email right now, follow the steps below. If you just want to verify and set up email later, choose the steps for adding a TXT or CNAME record.

Verify your domain and set up Google Workspace email
  1. At the top left of the WordPress site, click My Site.
  2. in the left pane, click Upgradesand thenDomains.

    On the left My Site navigation pane,  Upgrades > Domains is selected.

  3. Click the domain name that you want to verify.
  4. Click Change your name servers & DNS records.

    Name Servers and DNS is selected.

  5. Click Google Workspace.
  6. In the text field, paste the TXT record that you copied in step 1.

    The TXT verification record is entered into the Google Workspace Verification Token field.

  7. Click Set up Google Workspace.

    Your domain is verified and the Google Workspace MX records are added to your WordPress domain DNS records.

  8. Continue to step 4.
Verify your domain with a TXT record
  1. At the top left of the WordPress site, click My Site.
  2. Scroll down and on the left, click Upgradesand thenDomains.

    On the left My Site navigation pane,  Upgrades > Domains is selected.

  3. Click the domain name that you want to verify.
  4. Click Change your name servers & DNS records.

    Name Servers and DNS is selected.

  5. Click DNS Records.

    DNS Records is an option under Use WordPress.com Name Servers.

  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

    If you see a warning message about changing your DNS settings, disregard it. Adding the TXT record won’t damage your website or DNS settings.

  7. From the Type list, select TXT.
  8. Leave the Name field empty.
  9. In the Text field, paste the verification record that you copied in step 1.

    The Type, Name, and Text fields are shown, as is the Add New DNS Record button.

  10. Click Add New DNS Record.

    Your verification record is added.

  11. Continue to step 4.
Verify your domain with a CNAME record
  1. At the top left of the WordPress site, click My Site.
  2. Scroll down and on the left, click Upgradesand thenDomains.

    On the left My Site navigation pane,  Upgrades > Domains is selected.

  3. Click the domain name that you want to verify.
  4. Click Change your name servers & DNS records.

    Name Servers and DNS is selected.

  5. Click DNS Records.

    DNS Records is an option under Use WordPress.com Name Servers.

  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

    If you see a warning message about changing your DNS settings, disregard it. Adding the CNAME record won’t damage your website or DNS settings.

  7. From the Type list, select CNAME.
  8. In the Name (Host) field, paste the contents of the Label/Host portion of the CNAME record provided by the Admin console in step 1.
  9. In the Alias Of (Points To) field, paste the long string of text and numbers from the Destination/Target portion of the CNAME record provided by the Admin console in step 1.

    The Type, Name, and Alias Of fields are completed and the Add New DNS Record button is selected.

  10. Click Add New DNS Record.

    Your verification record is added.

  11. Continue to step 4.
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.


Google, Google Workspace, and related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. All other company and product names are trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

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