WordPress.com: Verify and Set up G Suite

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

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.

How to verify

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. 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 G Suite email right now, follow the steps below. If you just want to verify and set up email later, choose the steps for adding a TXTCNAME, or meta tag record.

Verify your domain and set up G Suite email
  1. At the top left of the WordPress site, click My Site.
  2. Scroll down and on the left, click Manageand thenDomains.

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

  3. Click the domain name that you want to verify.
  4. Click Name Servers and DNS.

    Name Servers and DNS is selected.

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

    The TXT verification record is entered into the G Suite Verification Token field.

  7. Click Set up G Suite.

    Your domain is verified and the G Suite 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 Manageand thenDomains.

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

  3. Click the domain name that you want to verify.
  4. Click Name Servers and DNS.

    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 Manageand thenDomains.

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

  3. Click the domain name that you want to verify.
  4. Click Name Servers and DNS.

    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 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 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.
Verify your domain with a meta tag
  1. At the top left of the WordPress site, click My Site.
  2. Scroll down and click WP Admin to open your site’s dashboard.

    On the My Site left navigation pane, WP Admin is selected.

  3. Scroll down and click Toolsand thenAvailable Tools.

    On the WP Admin page, on the left, Tools > Available Tools is selected.

  4. Scroll to Website Verification Services.

    The Google Webmaster Tools field is empty.

  5. In the Google Webmaster Tools field, paste the verification meta tag that you copied in step 1.
  6. Click Save Changes.

    Your verification record is added.

  7. Continue to step 4.
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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