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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ted would like to create his own domain name. What's the best way? Leo says that people can go to Google Domains to register a domain name. Search for the domain wanted and reserve it for a price. It's around $10 a year for most domains. But some are more expensive.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff's company missed the domain renewal date and then lost the domain. It keeps getting bought up automatically by holding companies. Rich says that cybersquatting is a real thing, and sadly, there's not much that can be done if the domain expires. The only thing one can do is keep an eye on it and hope they forget.