4D Hosting: 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 4D Hosting® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard open in the first tab.

  2. At the top of the 4D site, click Login.
  3. Enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from 4D and then click Login. If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact 4D support.
Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. Under Client Area, click Domains.

    Client Area > Domains

  2. Find the domain you want to verify and next to Active, click the Down arrow  Down Arrow and then Manage Domain.

    Manage Domain is selected from the Tools drop-down list.

  3. Under Actions, click Manage DNS.

    Manage DNS is selected from the Actions menu.

  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. In DNS Manager, click Add Record.

      DNS Manager sections shows the Add Record button.

    2. From the Type list, select TXT.

      TXT is selected from the Type drop-down list.

    3. In the Name field, enter @.
    4. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    5. In the RDATA field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in Step 1.
    6. Click Add Record.

      The TXT record is added in the Add New Record dialog box.

    7. Scroll to the bottom of the DNS Manager records table and click Save Changes.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. In DNS Manager, click Add Record.

      DNS Manager sections shows the Add Record button.

    2. From the Type list, select CNAME.

      CNAME is selected from the Type drop-down list.

    3. In the Name field, paste the contents of the Label/Host portion of the CNAME record provided by the Setup Wizard.
    4. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    5. In the RDATA field, enter the long string of text and numbers from the Destination/Target portion of the CNAME record provided by the Setup Wizard. 
    6. Click Add Record.

      The CNAME record is added in the Add New Record dialog box.

    7. Scroll to the bottom of the DNS Manager records table and click Save Changes.
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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