Email Hosting Setup Domain Verification
You need to verify the domain added in Zoho, to ensure that it is a valid domain and you have the required privileges in the domain to manage the email service of domain. The domain verification step is required to ensure that the domain is valid and you have sufficient privileges over the domain, to decide and manage the email service of the domain.
The Domain Verification is an important step, to ensure that the domain is Valid, not expired and the person who added the domain has sufficient privileges to access the DNS of the domain and make changes to it. Domain verification is a 'mandatory step' to ensure that the domain is not spoofed and also to prevent any loss of service due to the misuse of the domain names.
The details are essential not only to verify the domain but also to set up email delivery for the domain.
You can verify the domain added to Zoho using the following methods:
The instructions to verify your domain by CNAME in some popular DNS hosts are available in the linked help pages.
In some cases, you might have registered the domain with a provider, but changed the NS (Name Server) hosting to a different provider. In this case, the CNAME/ TXT should be added in your new DNS host. The DNS records like MX, CNAME are returned by your Name Servers and are available with your DNS Host. You can get the help of your DNS Registrar/ DNS host to get assistance in this.
Once you have verified the domain, the CNAME or the HTML file can be removed and is no longer necessary. Once your domain is in verified state, in case you switch your DNS provider, you need to check the MX records of the domain alone. Most DNS providers reset the MX entries during DNS shift or change.
CNAME Method for verifying the domain involves two steps. Generating the unique CNAME code in Zoho and adding the code in your DNS Manager. Once it is successfully added, you can click verify to verify the domain.
You can use any valid domain in Zoho, as long as you have the required access to manage the DNS records of the domain. The generic steps or instructions to create CNAME for verification are provided below. You can use these instructions, if your specific domain provider is not available in the above list. You can also request your domain provider to create a CNAME with the code generated in Zoho, if you are unable to do it on your own.
Name/ Host/ Alias/ CNAME
Value/ Points To/ Destination/CNAME
You can check the validity of the CNAME by providing zb******.yourdomain.com in the browser. It will be redirected to Zoho login page. It denotes that the CNAME is correctly added
You can also verify your domain by TXT method. In this method, you will create a TXT record in your DNS manager with the provided values.
You can also verify your domain by HTML method. In this method, you will be adding the file we provide in a specified path under your website page. When you click Verify, it will look for the particular file in your website, and verify your domain based on the file. Given below are the steps to verify a domain by the HTML method. Generally the website may be hosted by any website hosting provider like WordPress or GoDaddy etc.
Once you have added the HTML file as mentioned, you can check the same by typing www.yourdomain.com/zohoverify/verifyforzoho.html in the browser. It will display a 13 digit numeric code linked to your new domain.