Google Domains: A barebones domain name registration service that has exactly what you need!



Four Eyes, like its clients, has a registered domain name and a lot more than one.   The cost of keeping a domain registered can add up, especially when you own a dozen or more.  Google Domains is a domain name registration service (Registrar) service offered by Google.   It is still in the beta stage, albeit there is nothing beta about it.  It is a bare-bones registrar with services like:

  • Free private domain registration,
  • Free email forwarding to any Gmail address
  • Free domain forwarding
  • Fully configurable DNS, Host, Resource, and Synthetic records

The service does not offer a “build-your-own-website” feature.  This is fine by me as those tools are clumsy and produce sub-par results.  They do offer solutions from a few third-party” build-your-own-website” partners.   However, the real beauty of the Google Domain service is that it gives you all the basic and advanced tools you need to manage your domain.  You can build your website with any host and get your website registered for about $12/year.

Aside from not having the awful “build-your-own-website” feature, Google’s domain service has everything the other registrars offer at much less cost and really easy to use.  If you transfer in a domain, you get the year (or more you’re purchased from Google) plus anytime leftover from your previous registrar.

FAQs

How much does the Google domain cost?

Domains are roughly $9 – $15/year

How much does Google domain renewal cost?

On average about $12/yr depending on your domain.

Is Google Domains a good place to register my domains?

Google Domains is one of the best places to register a domain name. Google Domains offers transparent, competitive pricing for the most popular domain extensions.

Can you buy a domain from Google?

Yes! For countries where Google Domains is available, you can use Google Domains to purchase a domain.

Do I own my domain?

Domain names are inexpensive to register through Google Domains and must be renewed every year or few years. Anyone can register a domain name, and the name is yours until you stop renewing it.

 

Some Closing Thoughts

Summary

Yes, Google Domains can be looked at as just another player in the domain registration fiasco out there, however, with how easy, clean, and reliable this service is and Google’s stability in the marketplace, I am sold. Of our dozen or so properties, I have migrated over a handful as a test.  Everything went flawlessly and Google even brought overall settings from the previous registrar.

The migration went 100% flawlessly with no glitches or downtime.   We manage all of our domains through Google.