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Can I really use Google for free email hosting for my domain?

  1. I followed the instructions at http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/add-email/ to set up email for my new domain using Google Apps for Business and that works fine. The problem is that the instructions walk you through setting up a free 30-day *trial* of Google Apps for Business, after which I guess my email will stop working unless I pay Google $5/month to keep the account going. I don't see any way to set this up as a free service from Google, which seems to be what WordPress is telling me that I can do. Help?!
    Blog url: http://paulcarterdotme.wordpress.com/

  2. Yes, Google is a bit misleading there.

    When you first sign up for Google Apps, you're given a 30-day free trial of Google Apps for Business.

    After the 30 days are up, you'll have to option to pay to continue, or switch to their free service.

  3. Ah - very good. Thank you for your explanation.

  4. You're welcome!

  5. Well, here I am, 30 days later and my Google trial has expired. I logged into my account and can't find anything anywhere about an option to switch to a free service. The only options I can find are an Annual Plan or a Flexible Plan, neither of which are free. Perhaps they have changed things and the free option is no longer available?

  6. Hi there - the free option still exists. Instructions for downgrading your account can be found here:

    http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=60229

  7. Thanks. I finally found what I needed, with your help, Kathryn. Google sure doesn't make it easy to find the free Google Apps option.

  8. Excellent - glad you figured it out. Thanks for letting me know.

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