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How to point your GoDaddy domain to Google Sites?

Updated: Jan 28

Prerequisites

You will need the following items to complete this tutorial:

What is the definition of verification?

  • The process of confirming that you hold the property you claim to own is known as verification. Because verified owners have access to critical Google Search data for a site and can alter a site's presence and behavior on Google Search and other Google properties, Search Console needs to verify ownership. Additional persons can be granted full or view access by a confirmed owner.

Verify a website property

  • Add a new property or use your property selector to select an unverified property.

  • Follow the steps for one of the verification methods given below. Which approaches are helpful and recommended for your site will be listed on the verification page.


Add a website property.

  • The following steps will show you how to add a website property to your Webmaster Central account. To add a site to your Webmaster Central account, you must be able to prove that you own it. You can make a property that includes a whole domain (example.com)

Step - 1. Verify your site ownership

  • Next, click on the "Add a Property" option, type your domain address in the URL field, click on continue to verify your ownership of the domain, and choose GoDaddy.com from the DNS Provider drop-down.

  • In the verification details screen, click Verify to finish your ownership verification.


IMPORTANT: For manual DNS verification

  • You will need to manually add a DNS record. This DNS record is a name/value pair that Webmaster provides.

Let's get started:

  • Choose the DNS record format you want to use. Depending on how your site is set up, you'll need to use either a TXT or a CNAME record.

  • Log in to your GoDaddy account, then choose the domain you prefer to update the DNS record and click on the domain options; lastly, click on the "Manage DNS" option to apply the "TXT" Record.

  • Next, click on the "ADD" option under the DNS management, copy-paste the TXT record, and save it.

  • Also, Switch back to the Webmaster central and click on verify to authenticate ownership.

Step - 2. Set up a custom domain.

  1. Go to Settings in the Google Sites.

  2. Click Custom domains.

  3. Click Start setup.

  4. Click "Use a domain from a thirty party."

  5. Type your domain name (Example.com)

  • Click on next to apply custom domain.

  • Switch back to the GoDaddy DNS Management page to apply the CNAME record to your domain and save it.

  • Finally, Return back to the Google Sites and Click on Done to assign a custom domain.

Note: A single Google site can have up to five custom domains connected to it. It could take up to 2-5 hours for changes to your "domain" to appear on the internet.

Step - 3. Naked Domain Redirect Problem

  • Your website will not work without the www in front of it if you have a naked domain. So, if you have the website www.example.com, you can only access it by entering your full name. When someone enters only example.com (without the www), you get a 404 error.

  • To resolve this, we'll need to set up temporary domain forwarding to http://www.yourdomain.com.

  • Switch back to the GoDaddy DNS Management page, scroll down until you notice Forwarding tab and click on add, then type www.yourdomain.com in the forward to field. Also, select temporary (302) under the forward type and save it.

  • The domain forwarding configuration will reflect after a few minutes and type naked (without www) domain name to verify.

Conclusion.

Here are some recommendations for troubleshooting if you notice one of the following problem messages:

  • You'll need to add a CNAME entry if your DNS is incorrect.  If you've already updated your DNS, give it another 2-4 hours before attempting again.

  • This isn't a valid web address: Make sure you input the entire website URL without making any mistakes. A subdomain, such as "www," must be included in your URL.

  • This URL's certificate is missing: Re-assign your custom URL after deleting it.

  • This URL has not been validated. Please double-check your ownership.









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