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, Drive Enterprise, 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, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record.

    Choose a Different Method drop-down menu

  2. From the Value/Answer/Destination field, copy the entire unique verification record.Value/Answer/Destination field shows an example of the verification record.

Tip: If you need a CNAME record instead of a TXT record, in the Add a new TXT record to your domain step in the Setup Wizard, click add a CNAME record. You'll copy and paste both parts of this record into your domain's DNS records.

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 Squarespace® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard 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 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 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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