In an unexpected move, Google has stopped offering its Google Apps for Business for free as the Web giant is says that it is now ‘focusing on the quality of the business user’s experience.’ Although the move was unexpected, it wasn’t really shocking news for businesses at least as they are used to paying for services, and generally don’t go for free services. Well, making Google Apps completely a premium service now makes sense.
For new users, individuals, small businesses, and entrepreneurs, Google Apps was certainly the first and default service for configuring email and other services, but they will lose the advantage of using the services for free now. However, existing users still have an opportunity to use Google Apps for free for new domains.
This feature has been there for quite some time and continues to exist even after Google has made the Google Apps services completely premium. To create or add a new domain to your existing Google Apps account, follow the steps mentioned below:
Step 1: Sign in to your Google Apps account and navigate to the “Domain settings” option.
Step 2: Now, click on “Domain names” tab, and then “Add a domain or a domain alias” button.
Step 3: A pop-up box should open up. Select the “Add another domain” option and enter the new domain in the box provided. Click on the “Continue and verify domain ownership,” verify the domain (via META tag or file upload) and you are all set to use the new domain.
The only thing that you need to keep in mind is that you can access the new domain’s Google Apps service settings from your existing (primary) account. Also, additional domains are subject to certain limitations:
You cannot set different policies or configuration settings for different domains. All settings in the Google Apps administrator control panel apply equally to all domains that are part of your account.
You can specify only one custom logo for your account. The same logo appears for users in all domains that are part of your account.
You can read all the limitations for multiple domains here.