domains

Why Can't I Associate My Domain With Gmail?

Interserver

Episode 1802

Jim from Louisville, Kentucky

Tom bought a few domain names and has used them to create email addresses for all his kids. He's been able to forward the MX records to Gmail, but he's having issues being able to associate the domains with the actual accounts. Leo suspects that Google may be restricting it for those who pay for Google workspace. They're not going to allow it for free accounts because there's no benefit to Google to do so. 

How Much Should I Pay for a Domain Name?

Google Domains

Episode 1797

Steve from Beaumont, CA

Steve wants to register his grandkids' names as a domain. But how expensive is it really? GoDaddy charges a lot. Leo says that there are various registrars out there, and the price isn't fixed. So if GoDaddy is too expensive (and they'll also try and upsell you with hosting and other features), then go to another registrar. Leo recommends Google Domains. They're probably the most affordable out there. About $10 a year. It shouldn't be more than that. Another good registrar is Hover.

How Can I Forward Email to Everyone in My Family?

Gmail

Episode 1766

John from St. Petersberg, FL

John recently bought a domain and created his own email for it. He has different emails for family, so how does he forward them to his central email? Leo says that he can use Gmail or even Microsoft Outlook for free, and then forward everything to there using DNS settings. Then he can use filtering settings to move those different emails into folders or forward them to other email accounts.

How Can I Mask My Domain Address?

GoDaddy

Episode 1739

Dave from New York

Dave moved his Domains over to Google, after registering at GoDaddy. Leo says that's no big deal. All registrars do is put a domain address in the DNS "phone book." Whoever is doing the hosting will make sure that the DNS gets pointed to properly and updated. Dave says that Google doesn't host his site though, and he wants to mask his domain, which only GoDaddy can do, so the domain is a different website. Leo says that GoDaddy may be the only option here, and if GoDaddy won't let Dave do it, then he may have to move his DNS back to GoDaddy or even pay them to host the site. 

How do I set up my own dedicated email for free?

Gmail

Episode 1736

John from St. Petersberg, FL

John bought a new domain name and wants to set up an email. How can he do it for free? Leo recommends going with Gmail. It's a great free service with excellent spam filtering. Microsoft's Outlook mail is also good. Then, you can tell your domain DNS listing to send an email that comes for you to that email service. In the settings for the domain name, there will be DNS settings and one will be for email. That's where you will input the forwarding address for your email. It's also called the MX setting.

How Can I Keep a Domain When I Register It?

ICANN

Episode 1711

Sandy from Long Beach, CA

Sandy wants to buy a domain name, but it worried that if her registrar goes out of business, that she'll lose it. Leo says that isn't how it works. Once she registers a domain, that information is transferred to ICANN, which keeps the registry. The key is to buy it herself and not use a middle man like a consultant, who could register it in their own name and just give access. Buy it directly from a registrar like Google Domains.

Where Can I Buy a Domain?

Hover

Episode 1667

Navy from Chicago, IL

Navy wants to register a domain. What's a good site to do that? Leo says that (TWiT Sponsor) Hover is a good place. He has most of his domains registered there. One thing though, the pricing of domains has changed. They used to be about $10 a year, by the creators of domain extensions have started to charge more for their custom domains. Another good option is Google Domains. He can get a domain for about $12 a year. The chatroom says that Cloudflare has cost pricing for registration/renewal.

Can I buy a domain without a credit card?

Credit Card

Episode 1662

James from Maine

James wants to know about ICAN and how the internet addresses work. Leo says that ICAN controls the domain naming and uses various registrars to register your domain name. But James doesn't want to pay with a credit card. Can he pay with a money order? Leo says that you'll have to contact the registrar to find out. Paypal works. You could try a visa gift card. Can he create a domain anonymously? Leo says that ICAN wants to tie domains to the owner, but you should be able to make it anonymous to anyone but ICAN.