Google Domains is a bit of a mystery. It launched in 2015 and has remained in beta ever since. I decided to grab a domain and check out their service and in the process I created a step by step guide. One thing I’ve got to give google credit for is how simple they’ve made the process. While GoDaddy is trying to up sell you services all over the place Googles kept it clean and simple.
Head over to google domains and type the domain you want to register in the search box and press enter.
It can be tough to find an available domain so be prepared to spend some time searching.
Once you hit the jackpot and find an available domain you want to buy click the cart button to add it to your shopping cart.
Once you’ve added as many domains as your heart desires click on the shopping cart icon in the top menu.
Google will now guide you through the purchase process.
I’d advise keeping the privacy protection on to keep your private information out of the public whois records.
Auto renew is a great option if you want your domain to automatically renew each year (as long as your card is on file).
Once you’re happy with the settings click Checkout.
Next up enter your contact information. To register a domain you need to provide your name, address, phone number and email address – with privacy protection on these details won’t be available publicly.
Once you’ve entered all the information click Save & Continue.
Fill out your billing information that matches the card you’re paying with. Click Continue.
Finally enter your payment details. Hit Buy and your domain is almost yours.
Let google take it’s time registering your domain.
If it gives you a big ugly yellow message about needing to verify your email address click the Resend Verification Email then check your email inbox for a confirmation email and follow the instructions in it.
Voila! Your domain name is registered and ready to be used!