Google Apps Naked Domain Redirect

posted Apr 12, 2011, 7:22 PM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 2:27 PM ]



If you are a Google Apps user, you can use the forwarding features outlined below to point your naked domain (http://example.com/) to one of your mapped subdomains/CNAMEs:

Note

While the Google Apps Naked Domain Redirect (GANDR) will do the trick, it is not - in my opinion - as robust as the alternate method of forwarding your domain via your DNS management console. 

The main issue I see is that when using GANDR
, all redirects will land on the root of your domain, regardless of whether a subdirectory or page is specified in the URL. 

For example, http://example.com/subdirectory will redirect to http://www.example.com when using GANDR.  Using the standard DNS redirect, the same URL would redirect to http://www.example.com/subdirectory.


  1. Log into your Google Apps control panel at http://www.google.com/a/[example.com]
  2. Click on the Domain Settings tab
  3. Select the Domain Names sub-tab of the Domain Settings screen
  4. Click the Redirect your naked domain link:



  5. Enter the sub-domain/CNAME for location you wish to redirect visitors to when they enter your naked domain name (http://example.com) and click the Continue button



  6. Log into the DNS management console for your domain (GoDaddy, eNom, etc.) and enter the A records specified on the Changing the A-Record for Your Domain page:


  7. Once the A records noted in step 6 above have been created, click the I've Completed These Steps button.
Note:  It may take some time (up to 24 hours) for the DNS changes to fully propagate across the web.  Also note that if you've previously set up a domain redirect/forward for your naked domain, you will want to remove it prior to completing the steps above.