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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 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.

NoteUse these instructions if you purchased your domain name (for example, yourcompany.com) through Squarespace. If your website is hosted by Squarespace but you purchased your domain name through a different domain host, use the instructions for that domain host. If you're unsure who that is, you can identify your domain host.

Step 1: Begin setup

When you initially sign up for your Google service, Google provides the verification record in the Setup Wizard (on the Verify your domain and set up email page).

If you need to verify your domain and you’re not already in the Setup Wizard, go to Find the G Suite Setup Wizard for instructions. Select TXT as your verification method in the wizard and then return to this article. Move on to the second Begin setup step below, and log into your domain host website.

  1. On the Verify your domain and set up email page, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record.

     

    Choose a Different Method drop-down menu

     

  2. Click the link in the wizard to open your domain host sign-in page in a new tab.

    Note: If the wizard doesn’t provide a link to your domain, click here to open the Squarespace site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab.

  3. Log in to your Squarespace account.

    If you don’t know your username and password, you can click Forgot? or contact Squarespace support.

Step 2: Get your verification record
  1. Click through the Setup Wizard steps until you see the verification record.

    The record looks like this:

    google-site-verification=followed by a unique string of text and numbers.

     

    A red circle highlights the TXT verification record

     

  2. Copy the verification record (including the entire string of text and numbers).
Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. Go back to the Squarespace window you opened in step 1.3.
  2. Click the domain you want to verify with your Google service.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Under Website, click Domains.
  5. Click the domain you want to verify with your Google service.
  6. Click Advanced Settings.
  7. At the bottom of the Custom Records section, click the Record drop-down list and select TXT.
  8. Paste the verification record you copied earlier into the Data field.
  9. Click Add.

     

Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the Setup Wizard in the first browser tab.
  2. Check the I saved the TXT verification record box and go to Next steps.

Next steps (for G Suite)

Now it’s time to set up Gmail with your G Suite account.

  1. Keep the Setup Wizard and your domain host website open.
  2. In a separate browser tab or window, open the instructions for setting up Gmail with your host.
  3. Follow the instructions to set up your MX records for mail delivery to Gmail.

 

 

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