Register a Cheap Blog Domain with Google

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Google used to offer cheap domain registration as part of Blogger. That was replaced with a more comprehensive domain registration service called Google Domains. It's easier than using GoDaddy. Here's what you need to know before you register a domain with Google.

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How to Use Google Domains

Many web hosting services offer easy Buy a Domain buttons when you sign up for an account. However, you need to change settings in a complicated third-party dashboard to get everything to work properly. Google Domains is easy and inexpensive.

If you don't want to use Blogger, Google is working with Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix. These companies create easy website hosting solutions for people or businesses that don't want to learn how to code.

Domain registrations start at $12 and include private registration. Some domains are more expensive than $12, such as .ninja or .io. Google Domains offers several domain endings. This is a necessity since the internet is running out of top-level domains like .com, .net, and .org. There are several new endings available, like .today and .guru.

Google Domains offers up to 100 branded email addresses that forward to existing addresses (so your_name@fake_comany_name would forward to your_name@existing_gmail_address, for example). This isn't the same as having a custom email address from your domain, but it's close enough for most people. Google has a separate business service called Google Apps for Work that offers email service for your custom domain, but they charge per user.

You can create quick domain forwards using Google Domains. A domain forward is when you point your domain to an existing address. This is useful if your website is hosted on Etsy or another service, and you want your domain to redirect to it.

You can have up to 100 subdomains. This means you can separate the www part of your domain and use it to forward to something else, like blogs.my_fake_company.com and shop.my_fake_company.com. That way, you can use several services and have these tied to the same branded domain. 

Many registrars have tools that confuse beginners. Google Domains has a clean interface and easy to use tools for common tasks.

What if You Own a Domain and Want Blogger?

If you registered a domain from someone other than Google Domains, you can point it to your Blogger blog. You won't get a discount on the domain you registered, and you won't get the ease of instantly having all the settings pre-configured for Blogger. However, you can get a hosted blog on a server you don't have to maintain or pay a hosting fee to rent.

Google's instructions for redirecting a domain are technical if you're unfamiliar with the back end of a registrar, and words like A-Records and CNAMES sound like a foreign language. They have instructions that work for GoDaddy domains, but you may have to ask your registrar for support.