Google Domains comes with many useful and free features like url forwarding,free privacy protection,Full DNS control control,100 Email alias etc.Although,many of these features are not new in Domain Industry and many of us do know them.But there somethings which are very special about Google Domains as it uses Google’s cloud infrastructure and it’s own DNS servers to handle the domain DNS etc.
Here are some tips which will help you know how to use these Important features in recommended manner than the normal one:-
Do not change the nameservers for your hosting.Keep the Default google’s nameservers:- Many of us change the nameservers so that we can use the respective hosting from a web hosting provider.Hence,the DNS servers and it’s Zone file is handled by the hosting provider.Now,Google’s Dns servers are more powerful and reliable and gets your visitors connect quickly to your site using their powerful DNS servers.Your web hosting provider’s DNS servers would not be that powerful and reliable like that of Google.
Google says“Every time you visit a website, your computer performs what’s called a “DNS lookup”. When you manage a domain with us, you get to use the same DNS servers as Google. This means your domain will connect quickly and reliably to your website. We include 10 million resolutions per year for each domain you register with Google Domains” Hence keeping the default Google’s nameservers will be very helpful to you.
Now,how to use your web hosting without changing the nameservers? here is a small workaround:
You may use any known method to find your Server I.P which is used to host your website or blog.But for this example I’ll be using the whois dns which shows your DNS records.
As you can see in the above Image,it displays an I.P for A Record.Just copy that I.P address and paste it in ‘Custom resource records’ by Clicking the ‘Advance’ tab in your account. Now,enter the I.P address in the given field as shown in the above Image and click Add.
This will use Google’s Dns servers and also you will be able to use your web hosting provider for hosting for website.
Enable Privacy Protection for your Domains:
Privacy Protection hides your registration details from public so that it helps from spam emails and also helps you cover the cost of keeping your details private (e.g. your name, address and other contact information).This is very necessary feature which many domain Registrars like Godaddy etc charge a fee which is equal to the charge of another domain (which is much costlier).Google offers this feature and service for fee with every domain name registered or transferred through Google Domains.This also helps to keep your Domain secure from unauthorized domain transfers to another registrar.
Enable the Domain Lock:
Domain Lock is enabled by default.You only need to disable it if you want to transfer your domain out from Google to another registrar.If this lock is disabled,there are chances that hackers may transfer your domain out from Google and take all the control over it.So you may loose your domain.
Use Email forwarding feature if you want to use branded emails for your domain:
Although this is not like having different email accounts like that of Google apps,but it is free service which helps you to create a branded email for your domain and all the emails sent to this mail address will be forwarded to your primary gmail account.This helps you to use professional email addresses which are around 100.This also helps you to keep your personal and primary gmail address private from public hence boosts the security of both Domains and your Google account.
Enable Auto-renewal option:
Enable the auto-renewal option so that every year your domain will be renewed automatically and you will not loose your domain.Sometimes you may forget to renew the domain and end up paying huge fees to restore it or Loose the domain completely.If you are lucky,after domain expires and gets deleted from the registry,you may again register the same domain as a new domain.But if your domain is popular and receives large amount of traffic,then it is a huge risk of loosing it as someone else may purchase it making you loose the control over your domain.
These are some of the Important Features that should use and try for security and recommended usage of Google Domains service.This will help you boost security,reliability and quick connectivity for your domains.