Domain Registration with Google Apps – What You Need to Know

When friends ask me what service they should use to buy new web domains on the internet, I almost always recommend Google Apps and here is why:

#1. Domain registrations done through Google Apps will cost them $10 per year, which includes free email, calendar, online office suite, and other Google perks.

#2. Google provides “private” domain records by default, which means people won’t be able to read your contact information through your domain’s WHOIS record.

#3. You can set Google Apps to automatically renew your domain registration one week before the expiration date, and the renewal fee is $10 per year.

I have registered quite a few domains over the years and they were all purchased through Google Apps for the reasons stated above.

Registering Domains with Google Apps – What You Need to Know

If you’ve never used Google Apps before, but are considering using the service to register your next web domain, here are three things you should know:

1. Google Apps is (still) free

If you visit the Google Apps homepage, all you see is the Professional Edition which costs $50 per user per year. The Google app is no longer free?

Well, for some reason Google decided to hide the free edition of Google Apps on their homepage, but you can still access it using the following link:

https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/domain/new

Select the tab that says “I want to buy a new domain name” and enter a domain name that has not been taken. You can buy .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz1 domains.

2. Choose your domain registrar

Google itself is not a domain registrar, but they have partnered with eNom and GoDaddy to make the process as seamless as possible. So when you buy a domain through Google Apps, you are actually buying it from GoDaddy or eNom.

It doesn’t matter who you buy the domain from since both are ICANN-accredited domain registrars, but if you have a preference, say so here:

https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/domain/providers

Select one of the domain registrars, then enter a domain name and click buy!

3. Try Google Apps without buying a domain

It’s a useful feature that not many people seem to know about. If you want to test the different features of Google Apps, you can do so without even having to buy a domain.

https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/sample/new

Just visit the page above, enter your email address, and Google Apps will create a dummy Google Apps account for that email address to help you try out the different features without spending a dime.

[1] You can also use international domains with Google Apps, but in that case you’ll need to purchase them separately from another domain registrar.

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