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 essential step, to ensure that the added domain is valid, not expired and you have sufficient privileges to manage the Email Service of the domain. Further, it also proves that you have access to the domain Further it also proves that you have access to the domain's DNS Manage, and have the information about the email users of the domain and other significant information required to change the Email Hosting to Zoho without any hitches. This is essential not only to verify the domain but also to set up email delivery to the domain.
There are two methods to verify the domain added in Zoho.
The instructions to verify your account by CNAME Method, in some popular DNS providers are available in the links above.
In case you have registered the domain with a provider, but changed the nameservers to a different provider, then the DNS records should be changed in the other provider. Basically when DNS records (CNAME, MX, A records etc are looked up, from your domain's Name Servers. You may get clarified with your registrar on where your domain's Nameservers are pointed to.
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.