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Verify domain by adding a custom META tag to the homepage of your domain
Posted by Chris Moores, Last modified by David Szoke on 25 April 2018 07:53 PM

In order to register a domain for email relay within Proofpoint Essentials, you will need verify ownership of the domain.

Step 1: Create your domain in Proofpoint Essentials

  1. Login to Proofpoint Essentials
  2. Click on Company Settings
  3. Click on Domains
  4. Click on New Domain
  5. Enter the domain name
  6. Choose "Relay" from domain purpose
  7. Enter the delivery destination (optional at this time but required before it can be enabled)
  8. Enter SMTP failover location
  9. Choose "Verify by META tag record" from the verification method list
  10. Copy the value displayed on the screen (i.e., <meta name="ppe-verify" content="ppe-f01321e1e822fcd1e7a8">)
  11. Click on Verify Later*

*Note: (Verify Later) If you do not click on Verify Later the verification code will change and you will have to repeat this process. 

Step 2: Add the new META tag to home page associated with your domain

  1. Open a new tab or browser window
  2. Open your website homepage HTML file using any text or HTML editor
    • If your web host uses a web-based page editor (i.e., WordPress, Squarespace, etc.), open your homepage in their editor
  3. Paste the content from your clipboard into the <head> section that’s before the first <body> section
    • If you’re unsure how to add meta tags with a web-based page editor, contact your web host’s technical support team
  4. Open your website homepage in a browser and view the source to confirm the content has been added 


<meta name="ppe-verify" content="ppe-f01321e1e822fcd1e7a8">





Step 3: Verify domain in Proofpoint Essentials

  1. Click on the Edit icon next to the domain you wish to verify
  2. Click on Verify Now
  3. Confirm that the verification status value associated with the domain is Verified


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