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Now that we've set up Google Apps for education account, it's time go ahead and configure Google Apps to work perfect for your educational institution. Google automatically brought us to our Admin screen, which I'm currently at. Because we just set up our account, it's giving me a welcome message with a button that says Start Setup. Let's go ahead and click on the Start Setup button, and then allow Google to walk us through the various steps of configuring our Google Apps for education account. The first thing we need to do is to verify our domain with the Google Apps account. To do this, I'm going to click on the Verify Domain button.
Google's now going to walk me through the steps that I need to do in order to tell Google that I actually own the Orange Valley Schools domain. If you know the provider who registered your domain name, you can choose them from this drop down list. If you don't know the provider, you can simply choose other and then click begin verification to see a list of all the ways that you can prove to Google that you own the particular domain that you chose. Again, Google's going to ask for you to tell you the domain registrar. They want to know this because they can give you specific, step-by-step instructions of how to go into your domain registrar account and make necessary changes to show Google that you own that domain.
I'm going to go and click on the alternate methods, so that we can talk about the various ways that Google asks for you to verify your account. Now, if you currently have a website up and running, and you have Google Analytics already linked to it, the fastest way to verify is to come down and choose Google Analytics and simply log in with the Google analytics account that you're currently using. Another way to verify our account is to upload an HTML file to the root of our web address. The way this works is you can go ahead and download the verification file, which is shown here. It's Google with this long number after it, .html.
I would upload that to my root so that I can then navigate to that web page by going to my school's domain.com/ and, then, the file that Google asks me to upload. Once I've uploaded that file and Google can now access that file online, they will go ahead and consider our domain verified. And the last step is we can add information to the head of a website page that's currently created. So, if I have a website that's created, and I have a code editor or some way to access the code to that website, I can simply go to the index page of that site.
Look for the Head section at the top of the code, copy this metatag, and then paste it into the code, resave that webpage, and then as Google searches my site, they will find this code and know that I am actually the owner of that particular website. Once you choose an appropriate method you can just follow the steps that Google provides in this section to verify your website. I'm going to go and click the Not Now button, since I've already uploaded a webpage to my website, and I'm currently waiting for Google to verify it. Once your website has been verified, Google will then prompt you to move on to the next step of the set-up process.
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