You won’t find the longest list of features with Google Domains; however, you will find that Google Domains does a few things very well. It makes the process of finding an available domain name easy and the process of registering your domain of choice simple. Its interface is clean and free of ads, pop-ups and upsells (all of which are all too common among domain registrars). All domains come with privacy protection, two-factor authentication and the option to easily set up business email through Google Workspace.
It’s quick and easy to register a domain with Google Domains thanks to its intuitive and straightforward search function. It has over 300 domain extensions available, offering a great deal of options for those who are not limiting their search to a .com extension. For those who want a bit of help choosing the right domain name, Google Domains’ search function shows insights for each domain. For example, it might say that it’s a bit long or that it’s more likely to be misspelled or misunderstood.
Privacy protection comes standard, so there is no need to worry about adding it in the registration process. DNS hosting also comes standard, which enables your domain to be found on the internet.
Business Email Hosting
Though Google Domains does not offer email hosting, it does offer email hosting through Google’s premium email service, Google Workspace. What’s different about Google Workspace from Gmail is that—unlike Gmail, which is free and uses the gmail domain (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org)—Google Workspace enables you to create a professional email address that uses your custom domain name (e.g., email@example.com).
There are three main Google Workspace plans as well as an enterprise plan. Plans start at $6 per month per user for a business email address, 30GB of storage and the ability to host meetings through Google’s video conferencing software for businesses, Google Meet, with up to 100 participants. All plans require a one-year commitment. However, billing is on a monthly cycle, so you pay monthly rather than paying for the entire year upfront.
Google Workspace Plans and Pricing
Google is renowned for being a pioneer in built-in enhanced internet security. When it comes to security features for users, it uniquely offers two-factor authentication for added protection, as well as one-click DNSSEC, which helps to protect your domain against common threats such as DNS spoofing and cache poison attacks. Domain lock is automatically enabled on all new domains, as well as domain permissions which enable users to add users to the domain for management purposes.
To protect your personal information, all Google Domains also come with privacy protection, which means that the information you use to register the domain is not publicly accessible in the WHOIS database.