Squarespace: 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 Setup Wizard doesn’t provide a link to your domain, open the Squarespace® site in a new tab. Keep the Admin Console open in the first tab.

  2. Enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from Squarespace.
  3. Click Log In.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can recover your account or contact Squarespace support.

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. At the top of the page, click Domains.
  2. Click the domain you want to verify for your Google service.
  3. On the left, click Advanced Settings.

    Advanced Settings is found under the Primary Domain.

  4. Open the instructions for the type of verification record you want to add to your domain’s DNS records. Add a TXT verification record (most common)
    1. Under Add Presets, select G Suite Verification.

      G Suite Verification is selected at the bottom of the drop-down list.

    2. In the open field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

      The TXT record field is to the right of the G Suite Verification drop-down option.

    3. Click Add.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. Scroll down to Custom Records.
    2. Click the Down arrow "" and select CNAME.

      CNAME is selected from the drop-down list.

    3. In the Host (www) field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Label / Host field from step 1.
    4. In the Data (Enter alias data) field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Destination / Target field from step 1.

      The G Suite CNAME verification record is entered in the Host and Data fields.

    5. Click Add.
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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