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 your purchased from Google) plus anytime left over from your previous registrar.
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 over all settings from the previous registrar. The migration went 100% flawlessly with no glitches or downtime. I will be moving all of our domains over to Google Domains!