Buy a domain
To buy a domain, do the following:
Note: To see if Google Domains is available in your country, see Google Domains availability.
Step 1: Search for a domain
- If you do not see the search box, click Search Domains on the left.
- Enter a name in the search box at the top of the page. Enter a name with an extension (like example.co.uk) or just enter the name (like example) and let Google Domains show you all of the available variations.
- Review the search results to determine if the domain is available.
- Refine your search, if needed. Google Domains automatically searches for your domain with several popular extensions (or top-level domains).
- You can add more extensions by clicking Add extension on the right. See the complete list of available domains and their prices here.
- You can view all possible domain endings for your search string by clicking All Endings.
- Related domain names are shown below the main search results.
Step 2: Choose a domain
- Choose a domain by clicking the Add to cart button to add the domain to your shopping cart.
- Choose additional domains, or click the View cart button to review your shopping cart.
- If your shopping cart looks good, click the Proceed to checkout button.
- On the Confirm contact information pop-up:
- Enter or confirm your contact information.
This information will be used for the public contact information for your domain in the WHOIS database. See contact information for instructions to change your contact information after you have purchased your domain.
Note: Only the email address you are logged in to Google Domains with will have access to your Google Domains account. Entering another name or email address in the Contact information screen does not give that address access to your Google Domains account.
- Select a privacy option.
- Elect to receive emails (optional).
- Click the Continue button.
- Enter or confirm your contact information.
- In your Google account payment window:
- Review your purchase.
- If everything looks good, click the Buy button.
More help...About buying domains
When you 'buy' a domain, you are actually registering the domain for a period of 1 to 10 years and paying the associated registration fees. You retain the rights to the domain for the duration of the registration period. Because you can renew the registration of a domain indefinitely, the registrant of a domain is often referred to as the 'owner' of the domain.
If you are unsure how many years you'd like to keep the domain, select 1 year to acquire the domain; you can add additional registration years later. You also have the option to have Google Domains automatically renew your domain registration every year.
You can use non-ascii characters when searching for domains. Google Domains supports two different methods of entering non-ascii characters:
- Paste the characters directly into the search bar, like グーグル.
- Enter the punycode representation of the characters, like xn--qcka1pmc.
Different domain endings (TLDs) support different sets of non-ascii characters. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has a list of character sets supported by each domain extension.
If the domain ending does not support the characters you are searching for, the results will say either Special characters not supported for this domain's extension or Not a domain name.
Premium domains are domains offered for sale or resale at a premium price. There are two kinds of premium domains:
- Aftermarket premium domains - These are domains offered for resale by owners for a premium price. Once you have purchased it, you can add multiple years of registration and renew at the regular price for the TLD of the domain (for example, $12.00 per year for a .com).
- Registry premium domains - These are domains that the registry is offering for a premium price. In most cases transfer, additional years of registration, renewal and restoration are charged at a different price from the base price for the TLD – usually the same as the initial premium price.
To acquire a premium domain you may need to pay a premium – a one-time cost determined by the registrant. This cost will be added to the Google Domains registration fee.
Also note that the processing time may take additional time, from a few minutes to several days because, unlike a normal domain purchase, a premium domain has to be transferred from the current registrant to you.
Restrictions apply to .CA top-level domains. When you register a .CA domain, you will be asked for additional information to determine if you meet these restrictions:
- .CA domains require Canadian presence. The details of the CIRA Policies, Rules and Procedures are available:
- Private registration (WHOIS privacy) is on by default for individuals registering .CA domains. Corporations, government agencies and other non-individual organisations may not use private registration. Only the following designations are considered individuals for purposes of private registration:
- Aboriginal peoples indigenous to Canada (ABO)
- Canadian citizen (CCT)
- Legal rep. of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (LGR)
- Permanent resident of Canada (RES)
Restrictions apply to .US top-level domains. A registrant must be either:
- A natural person (i) who is a United States citizen, (ii) who is a permanent resident of the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories, or (iii) whose primary place of domicile is in the United States of America or any of its possessions,
- A United States entity or organisation that is (i) incorporated within one of the fifty (50) US states, the District of Columbia, or any of the United States possessions or territories, or (ii) organised or otherwise constituted under the laws of a state of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, or any of its possessions or territories (including a federal, state or local government of the United States or a political subdivision thereof, and non-commercial organisations based in the United States) or
- A foreign entity or organisation that has a bona fide presence in the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories.
For more information, please see www.neustar.us/. When you purchase a .US domain, you are required to answer the questions shown below:
- What is the best description for you?
- What are you using your .US domain for?
Note: Private registration is not available for .US domains. For more information, see Private registration.
Search results will vary depending on the name you enter.
If the domain is available, Google Domains will list the domain alongside the available top-level domains. For example, example.com, example.net and example.org.
- Not Available
If the domain is not available, Google Domains will return a list of available names that are similar to the domain you entered.
- Already Owned
If you already own the domain, Google Domains will return a list of available names that are similar to the domain you own.
- Multiple Search Terms
If you enter multiple search terms (for example 'cats and dogs'), Google Domains will return a list of available names that use one or more of the terms (for example 'catsanddogs').
- Invalid Characters
If you enter a search term that includes invalid characters (for example 'cats! & dogs!', Google Domains will omit the invalid characters and return a list of available names based on the remaining valid characters ('catsdogs'). Valid characters include the ASCII letters 'a' to 'z' (case insensitive), the digits '0' to '9' and the hyphen '-'.
- Now that you have a domain, go and take a look at it! See View your domain.