Google has terminated its free edition of Google Apps and starting now, users have to sign up for the business edition of Google Apps ($50/yr) in order to have a branded email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although we can use Outlook with custom domain, there are few people who prefer Gmail interface over Outlook and for those guys, here is a work-around to sign-up for free Google Apps account.
How to Sign-up for Google Apps Free Edition?
- Navigate to appengine.google.com from your browser and sign-in with your existing Google account.
- Next, create a new application. Don’t bother about the data. Use any dummy data and click the “Create Application” button.
- Go to the “Dashboard” and click on “Application Settings”.
- Choose the option that says “Add domain”. You don’t have to add any domains here but clicking on the link “Add domain” will reveal a special link to sign-up for the Google Apps free version.
- Click on that link and you can follow the same old process to use your existing domain or buy a new domain via Google Apps.
That’s it! You can now use Google Apps for custom domains at no extra cost.