Overall Satisfaction with Google Domains
We're using Google Domains for our company's domains as well as those of our clients when needed. The features that we use the most other than simple domain registration and configuration of A, CNAME, TXT, and other records are email forwarding, subdomain forwarding, auto renewal, and privacy controls. The ability to make your registration private for free is excellent as most other registrars require payment for this, often essential, service.
- Very efficient interface for searching domain options when looking to make a purchase.
- Wide range of domain extensions.
- Easy process for transferring in domains from other registrars or transferring out of Google Domains.
- No support for sharing the management of domains.
- Error messages related to existing records when adding multiple values to something like a TXT record are confusing.
- Simple interface that saves me time and frustration.
- Integrated with existing Google accounts to provide 2FA and other security features and avoid the need to create another account.
- Free private domain registrations save me $100+ per year.
I've used GoDaddy for many years, but the user interface is very complex and confusing. It also feels quite outdated in many areas. They have started to modernize some parts of their app, but the general user experience is not great. There is a significant push to advertise and push products in GoDaddy. These ads are often not subtle at all and can be quite annoying and distracting from what you are trying to accomplish. Google Domains' interface is much cleaner, more modern, and streamlined. Of course that means that it has fewer bells and whistles that are only useful to a small audience.
It's the best option out there for registering domains that need to be managed by only one person. For many cases, especially in consulting, this is unacceptable as the domain may need to be managed by multiple administrators. Other services support this, but Google Domains does not have this feature yet.