WordPress.com: Verify your domain

If your domain's web page is hosted by WordPress.com, we recommend that you add a meta tag to your homepage to verify your domain with your Google service. Your website won't be affected. You can also verify by 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 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.

1. Get your verification meta tag

After you sign up for your Google service, you start the Setup Wizard. The Setup Wizard guides you through the steps to set up your Apps account, including domain verification.

If you leave the Setup Wizard before verifying your domain, you can still activate your account in the Google Admin console. If you’re still in the Setup Wizard, skip to step 3.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. At the top of the dashboard, click the buttons to set up your Google Cloud account and verify your domain.
  3. On the Verify your domain page, you’ll see the meta tag to use to verify your domain. If you see another verification method on this page, click Choose a different method and select Add <meta> tag.
  4. Copy the entire verification record.

Keep this window open.

2. Add the meta tag to your homepage

  1. Open a new browser window.
  2. Sign in to your WordPress.com account.
  3. Go to your website's WordPress Dashboard (add /wp-admin to the end of your domain name, for example, http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin).
  4. Go to Tools>Available Tools.
  5. Scroll to Website Verification Services.
  6. In the Google Webmaster Tools field, paste the verification meta tag. 
  7. Click Save Changes.

3. Tell Google to verify

  1. Return to the Setup Wizard.
  2. Confirm that you added the meta tag to your homepage.
  3. Click Verify domain and email setup or Verify.

This prompts Google to check for the meta tag on your website's homepage. Your domain is verified after Google finds the meta tag. It might take up to an hour for Google to verify your domain. If we don't find the tag immediately, we'll keep checking for it periodically.

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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