HOW TO CONFIGURE DOMAIN WITH G SUITE
G Suite is a set of communication, collaboration, data management and other business tools that is provided by Google and developed by its Cloud division.
G Suite was formerly known as “Google Apps for Your Domain or Business” which was launched in 2006. Currently, the Suite provides a cloud-based enterprise or premium version of all the tools that Google provides. These tools includes, Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, and Currents for communication; Drive for storage; Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, Forms, and Sites for productivity and collaboration; and, depending on the plan, an Admin panel and Vault for managing users and services.
While some of these tools are available for free, G Suite paid-plans still offer much more – in terms of storage limits, management functionalities, and definitely, a Custom Domain service that will allow its users to have custom email address for their businesses such as email@example.com.
This means that you can use a domain name which is registered on Z.COM with G Suite. Also, configuring your domain to use G Suite tools will not affect your running website hosted on our platform.
Don’t have a domain name yet?
Let’s walk you through the process of configuring your domain with G Suite, starting with creating the G Suite account;
1. Browse to https://gsuite.google.com/
2. Click on “Get started” to Sign up on G Suite
3. You will now have to fill-in the required details such as your business name and number of current employees which can be changed later.
4. Click “Next” to continue
5. Enter the business or company address (This should be the billing address)
6. Enter your current email address (Gmail) which is where the G Suite account information will be sent
7. Click “Next” to continue
8. You will be asked if your business has a domain name. Click “Yes, I have One I can Use” since you already have the business domain name registered on Z.COM
9. Then, enter the domain name such as zmydomain.com
10. Click “Next” to continue
11. Allow G Suite to now use the domain name to setup an account by clicking “Next”
12. The next page will need you to enter a new Username and Password for your G Suite account.
N.B: You will use this username and password to log into any app on G Suite in the future
13. Once you are done with the last step, you will proceed with the “Agree and Next” button to review your payment plan and continue with payment.
14. You’ve have now successfully created your G Suite Account.
15. Move on to create accounts for your team members under the “Add People to your G Suite account” section
16. Click “Next” to move on to the “Verify your domain name and setting up email” section
Verifying your Domain Name on G Suite
Google provides three methods for verifying domain names that are used in setting up G Suite accounts and they include;
a. Adding a Meta tag to your website homepage
b. Add a domain DNS host record (TXT or CNAME)
c. Upload HTML file with the given verification code
Adding a Meta tag
This process of domain verification requires that you copy the Meta tag which contains the verification code as given on the “Verify your domain” section, and paste it in the <head> section of your website’s homepage html script.
For WordPress users, you can copy and paste this code into the <head> section found within the <header> script.
Add a domain DNS
This option is the recommended option for customers who have only a domain name without a website hosting service.
When you select the “domain host record” option for verifying your domain name on G Suite, you will be given a TXT or CNAME record and you can add any of these records to the domain DNS settings on your Z.COM account. Click here for a guide on how to add TXT records to your DNS and here for a quick guide on CNAMEs.
Please note that only one of the records is needed at a time (Either TXT or CNAME but not both).
Upload HTML file
Uploading the html file that is provided by G Suite for domain verification is also an option to consider if you are acquainted with the website hosting environment such as CPanel. Here, you will have to upload the given file to the root folder which could be the public_html folder. Also note that the file should NOT be renamed.
Setting up Email
Although you’ve created your custom emails when setting up the G Suite account, you still have to configure your domain DNS to route your mails to G Suite mail server, using the MX records that G Suite gives you.
Here is an example of the MX records that G Suite will give you:
You can click here to learn how to create or add MX records on your domain DNS, remember to clear any pre-existing MX record before adding the new ones.
Once you’ve entered all the MX records into your domain DNS, you can then go back to the G Suite account setup page and click on the “Verify” button, and you are done with configuring your Domain with G Suite.
Please note that domain DNS propagation may take up to 48 hours, so you can keep checking the verification status by clicking the “Verify” button. If this period is exhausted and connection is not yet established then, you can contact the support team for assistance.