Set up your domain with Google Domains

Google Domains is currently in beta phase in the United States, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Google will announce the timeline for wider release at a later date.

Before you get started, you'll need to sign up for a free Google Account. You probably already have one if you use other Google products like Gmail, YouTube, or Google Drive.

Buy a domain from Google

To buy your domain name:

  1. Visit Google Domains.

  2. In the search box, enter the domain name that you want to use for your store:

    Google domains site
  3. Click the search icon to check if the domain is available.

  4. If the domain that you want isn't available, then Google Domains suggests similar domains that you can buy. You'll see two types of suggestions:

    • the domain name you entered ending in a different, available extension (for example, .net instead of .com)
    • different available domains that contain part of your original search
    Google domains search
  5. If the domain that you want is available, or if you find one you like in the suggested domain names, then click the Add to cart icon:

    Google domains add to cart
  6. Review the contents of your shopping cart, and then click Proceed to checkout.

    Google domains proceed to checkout
  7. Fill out the form to confirm your contact information. This is required by any domain registrar.

  8. At the bottom of the form, choose your privacy setting:

    Google domains privacy setting

    Choosing public means that anyone doing a WHOIS query of your domain will see the personal information that you enter into this form, including name and address.

    Choosing private means that your domain is registered by proxy, so that a third-party company's details appear (rather than yours) when a WHOIS query is run. Google makes no charge for this service (although some other providers do charge a fee for private registration).

  9. Click Continue.

  10. If this is your first time paying for something with Google, then add a payment method, and click Accept and continue.

  11. Review the purchase a final time, and then click Buy.

You will receive a confirmation email from Google Domains containing information about your domain, and another email from Google Wallet with your order receipt.

Create or connect your store

You can connect your Google domain to an existing Shopify store, or start a free trial of Shopify to connect it to a new one from your Google Domains admin.

Start a free Shopify trial

If you don’t want to create a shopify store, then you can sign up for a trial as soon as you’ve set up your domain from Google Domains.

To start a free trial with Shopify:

  1. Visit your Google Domains admin.

  2. Click the Add website icon next to the domain that you want to use for your store:

    Google Domains website

  3. On the Configure website page, click Continue in the Build a new website section.

  4. Click Continue in the Online store section.

  5. On the Start an online store page, click Start with Shopify:

    Google Domains start SHopify trial

  6. Click Continue in the dialog to redirect to Shopify.

  7. Click Allow to give Shopify permission to configure your Google domain for your store:

    Shopify allow google

  8. Complete the account setup form and click Enter my store.

You can now begin the initial setup up your store.

Connect an existing Shopify store

To connect your Shopify store to your Google domain:

  1. Visit your Google Domains admin.

  2. Click the Add website icon next to the domain that you want to use for your store:

    Google Domains website

  3. On the Configure website page, click Continue in the Build a new website section.

  4. Click Continue in the Online store section.

  5. On the Start an online store page, click I already have a Shopify account:

    Google Domains connect existing Shopify account

  6. Click Allow to give Shopify permission to configure your Google domain for your store:

    Shopify allow google

  7. Enter your Shopify store name:

    Google domains 10
  8. Click Connect this store to Google domains.

  9. You might be prompted to log in to your Shopify store. Enter the email and password you use for Shopify, and click Log in.

  10. Click Allow to give Shopify permission to help set up your Google domain. You'll be taken to the Domains page of your Shopify admin.

    Note

    It might take about 10 minutes for the domain to finish configuring. All statuses will read OK after the configuration is complete.

  11. Set your primary domain. This will be the domain name that your customers will see when visiting your online store.

Set up email forwarding

When you buy a Google domain, you can define the email addresses that customers can use to contact you, and Google will forward any mail to an existing email address that you specify.

To set up email forwarding:

  1. Visit your Google domains admin.

  2. Click the Add email icon next to the domain that you're using for your store:

    Gd setup email

  3. In the first field, enter the prefix that you want to use for your custom email address, for example, mail, info, or contact.

  4. In the Recipient email address field, enter the destination email address.

  5. Click Add:

    Gd setup email add

Add as many email forwarding addresses as you need, directing them all to the email you read most often. You can edit or delete these emails any time you like.

Do more with your Google domain

When you buy a domain from Google Domains, the following configuration is done automatically:

  • Your domain is pointed at your Shopify-hosted domain name, so there’s no need to edit your DNS records.
  • The domain is added for you in Shopify, so that you’re identified within Shopify as the owner of the Google domain.

You can access the Google Domains admin to perform more advanced configuration:

How to open your Google Domains admin

To manage your domain account, you need to open your domain admin:

  1. Visit your Google Domains registrar page.

  2. Click your domain name to open your domain admin.

There are five pages in your Google Domains admin that enable you to manage different aspects of your account:

  • Website — Access your online Shopify store or start a new trial.
  • Email — Set up email forwarding to make sure all your emails reach you.
  • DNS — Edit your DNS resource records.
  • Settings — Edit your Google Domains account profile and lock your domain.
  • Expires Extend or delete your account, and transer your domain out.

    Gd admin1

Update your Google Domains account profile

  1. Visit your Google Domains admin.

  2. Click the Settings tab at the top of the screen.

From this page of your domain admin, you can make the following changes:

  • change your domain permissions
  • change your domain privacy setting
  • change your contact information
  • lock and unlock your domain.

Edit your Google Domains DNS resource records

You can read the general procedure for modifying your DNS settings if you need to edit your Google Domains DNS records.

To edit your DNS records:

  1. Visit your Google Domains admin.

  2. Click the Configure DNS icon next to your domain.

From here you can edit your custom DNS resource records

Edit your MX Records

MX Records (or mail exchange records) point domain names at mail servers.

If you have purchased your domain through Google, then you will need to sign in to your Google admin console to configure your domain's MX records. Google provides a guide to editing MX records in their help documentation.

FAQ

What do I get if I buy a domain from Google?

When you buy a domain from Google Domains, you get the following benefits:

  • all your DNS settings configured automatically
  • ability to access your Shopify store through Google, which means no additional password to remember
  • ability to access your DNS settings to make optional changes (such as adding another subdomain)
  • ability to start a Shopify trial as part of the Google Domains signup process.

What if I already own another domain?

If you already own another domain, then you don't have to move it to Google. You can continue to manage it as you always have.

Can I transfer a domain from a third-party provider into Google Domains?

Yes. Many people like hosting all their domains with one registrar.

To get started:

  1. Go to your Google Domains registrar page.

  2. Click Transfer in:

    Gd transfer in

  3. Enter the domain name that you want to transfer into Google Domains, and then click Continue.

  4. Follow the steps to transfer in your domain. The same steps are required no matter who your current domain registrar is.

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