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 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

You get the verification record in the Setup Wizard when you sign up.

Not in the Setup Wizard? Go to Find the G Suite Setup Wizard to find the verification record. Copy your unique verification record, return to this article, and go to Step 2: Sign in to your domain host.

  1. On the Verify your domain and set up email page, you’ll see the meta tag to use to verify your domain. If you need to verify with a TXT record, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record (TXT or CNAME).

    Red circles highlight the meta tag and Choose a different method option.

  2. Copy the meta tag. Or, if you’re verifying with a TXT record, from the Value/Answer/Destination field, copy the entire unique verification record.

    Value/Answer/Destination field shows an example of the verification record.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  1. In the Setup Wizard, 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 Setup Wizard doesn’t provide a link to your domain, open the WordPress® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard open in the first tab.

  2. Enter the email address or username and password you created when you purchased your domain from WordPress.
  3. 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 meta tag or TXT 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 Domains.
  3. Click the domain name you want to verify.
  4. Click Name Servers and DNS.
  5. Click G Suite.
  6. In the text field, paste the TXT record you copied in step 1.

    The TXT verification record is entered into the text 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. 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 on the left, click WP Admin to open your site’s dashboard.

    WP Admin is selected

  3. Scroll down and on the left, click Tools and then Available Tools.

    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. 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 Domains.

    My site > Domains is selected.

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

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

  5. Click DNS Records.
  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.

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

  7. Under Type, select TXT.
  8. Leave the Name field empty.
  9. In the Text field, paste the verification record you copied in Step 1.
  10. Click Add New DNS Record. Your verification record is added. Continue to Step 4.
Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the Setup Wizard.
  2. Check the I saved the verification record box or click Verify.
  3. If you’re a G Suite customer, go to Next steps to set up Gmail.

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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