Introduction

In this article we will consider the three ways of domain ownership verification. It needs to be done on Step 2 of the process of domain connection to your site if the domain is registered on a third party domain name registrar (not on Truvisibility). We will consider the following topics:

Once you buy a domain, you can start domain ownership verification. There are three ways of verification: adding TXT Record to your DNS, uploading file to existing website, and adding meta tag to existing website. Let’s have a look at each one using the example of such domain name registrars as godaddy.com, bluehost.com, and namecheap.com.

Adding TXT Record to Your DNS

On godaddy.com

Act as follows:
1. Once you are on the Ownership Verification page with instructions, go to the Domains tab on godaddy.com. Thia is where you can find your domain. 

nullFigure 1. Ownership Verification Page
nullFigure 2. Domains Tab on Godaddy.com

2. To go to your domain settings, click on the DNS tab and choose Manage Zones from the dropdown list.

nullFigure 3. DNS Tab on Godaddy.com

3. Enter your domain name in the field and click "Search".

nullFigure 4. Entering the Domain Name

4. In the Records section, click "Add".

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Figure 5. Clicking the “Add” Button

5. Select the record type (TXT) from the dropdown list.

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Figure 6. Choosing the Record Type

6. Enter “@” in the Host field. The TTL field is set as default.

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Figure 7. Entering “@” in the Corresponding Field

7. Go to the Ownership Verification page and copy the code as shown in Figure 8 (for example, the code is “tv-verification=f957c6b1b7d64d9fa411a6a91fc23535”). Then paste it into the TXT Value field on godaddy.com, click "Save".

nullFigure 8. Copying the Code

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Figure 9. Pasting the Code

8. On the Ownership Verification page, click the "Verify button". Verification may take up to 24 hours.

If verification is failed, records are not updated yet or the code is entered incorrectly. Try again later or contact our support team at support@truvisibility.com.

nullFigure 10. Clicking the “Verify” Button

On bluehost.com

Act as follows:
1. Once you are on the Ownership Verification page with instructions, go to the Domains tab on bluehost.com. This is where you can find your domain.  

nullFigure 11. Ownership Verification Page
nullFigure 12. Domains Tab on Bluehost.com

2. To go to your domain settings, click on the arrow icon on the Manage button. Choose “DNS” from the dropdown list.

nullFigure 13. Going to the DNS Settings Page

3. You are on the DNS settings page. Scroll down to the “TXT (Text)” point. Click “Add Record”. The Host Record and TTL fields are set as default.

nullFigure 14. Clicking the “Add Record” Button

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Figure 15. The Host Record and TTL Fields 

4. To fill in the TXT Value field, go to the Ownership Verification page and copy the code as shown in Figure 16 (for example, the code is “tv-verification=067c773f01c84945af380eb1acc1c03c”). After that, paste it into the TXT Value field on bluehost.com, then click "Save".

nullFigure 16. Copying the Code

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Figure 17. Pasting the Code

5. On the Ownership Verification page, click the Verify button. Verification may take up to 24 hours.

If verification is failed, records are not updated yet or the code is entered incorrectly. Try again later or contact our support team at support@truvisibility.com.

nullFigure 18. Clicking the “Verify” Button

On namecheap.com

Act as follows:
1. Once you are on the wizard page with instructions, go to the Domain List tab on namecheap.com. Here you can find your domain.  

nullFigure 19. Ownership Verification Page

nullFigure 20. Domain List Tab on Namecheap.com

2. By clicking on the arrow on the "Verify Contacts" button, choose Manage.

nullFigure 21. Clicking “Manage” 

3. Go to the Advanced DNS tab.

nullFigure 22. Advanced DNS Tab

4. Click on the “Add New Record” button. Choose TXT Record from the dropdown list.

nullFigure 23. Clicking the “Add New Record” Button
nullFigure 24. Choosing TXT Record

5. Enter “@” in the Host field. The TTL field is set as default.

nullFigure 25. Entering “@” in the Corresponding Field

6. Go to the Ownership Verification page and copy the code as shown in Figure 26 (for example, the code is “tv-verification=b23f3db38255453697eb1eb8be53c818”). After that, paste it into the Value field on namecheap.com. Click on the check icon to save changes.

nullFigure 26. Copying the Code

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Figure 27. Pasting the Code

7. On the Ownership Verification page, click the "Verify" button. Verification may take up to 24 hours.

If verification is failed, records are not updated yet or the code is entered incorrectly. Try again later or contact our support team at support@truvisibility.com.

nullFigure 28. Clicking the “Verify” Button

Uploading File to Existing Website

You can use this method if you have a hosting connected to your domain. 

Act as follows:

1. On the Ownership Verification page, download the HTML verification file.
2. Upload this file to the root folder on your hosting.
3. Make sure that the file is available at the following URL: http://mytrupage.com.
4. Click the "Verify" button.

Adding Meta Tag to Existing Website 

You can use this method if you already have a site on your domain and have a hosting connected to your domain. 

Act as follows:

1. On the Ownership Verification page, copy the meta tag.
2. Paste it into your old site home page. It should go in the <head> section.
3. Click the "Verify" button.


Once domain ownership is verified, you need to link the domain to your site. Please see the article How to Connect a Custom Domain to Your Site for detailed instructions. To protect the data on your site, set an SSL certificate. For instructions, see the article How to Get an SSL Certificate for Your Domain.

Conclusion

Now you know how to verify your domain ownership and can continue connecting your domain to your site.