Introduction to Google Apps

Google Apps is a set of web applications provided by Google.

These web applications include Google Email, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Sites.All of these web applications offer an online alternative to traditional office suites.

Thus you can look at Google Apps as an online office suite.

The main advantage of Google Apps is obvious - your documents are always available online, ready to be viewed and edited.

You don't need to install any additional software on your computer. Furthermore, Google Apps is a free service, so you won't have to purchase anything.

All you need is an internet connection and a standard web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox.

The first thing you need to do to start using Google Apps is register a new Google Apps account.

Once you create an account for your domain name, you must verify that you own your domain in order to use Google Apps with it.

There are two ways you can verify that you own the domain:

  • You can create a CNAME record to point to google.com.

    To verify the ownership of your domain name with a CNAME record, you should add a CNAME record in the following format:googled1b45bec3014624d 14400 IN CNAME google.com.

    Please note that the Google authentication token (the letters and numbers following the word google in the example above) is a unique value valid only for your domain name.

  • You can upload an HTML file to your website.

    To verify the ownership of your domain name with an HTML file, you should create an HTML file called googlehostedservice.html inside your public_html directory, add your Google authentication token to the file, e.g.:googled1b45bec3014624dand make sure the file is accessible at http://yourdomainname.com/googlehostedservice.html

    Once you have created the necessary CNAME record, or uploaded the googlehostedservice.html file, you should allow up to 48 hours for Google to verify your domain's ownership.