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Terms Related to Cloud Domains
Domain Name
Domain Name System
Domain Ending or Top Level Domain                     
DNS Hosting Provider
Cloud DNS
Advantages of Cloud Domain
Steps to Transfer a Domain
Features or Usage Cases
Delete a Domain
Steps to Delete a Domain
Changing the Privacy and Contact Settings
Access Control Using IAM
Frequently Asked Questions
Explain cloud domain.
What does a GCP domain mean?
What do you mean by domain name?
Who owns a domain for a website?
What sets a server and a cloud apart from one another?
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Cloud Domains

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If you are interested in knowing about the Cloud domain and how everything works, then you are in the right place.

Cloud Domain

Let's get started with Cloud Domains!

Terms Related to Cloud Domains

The terms used to explain the ideas on which Cloud Domains is based as follows.

Domain Name

To indicate the domain hierarchy, a domain name is a character string made up of labels with multiple parts separated by dots. Each domain name has a domain suffix corresponding to its registry's owner. Unicode and Punycode both have similar meanings when used to write domain names.

Domain Name

Domain Name System

Using name-based searches, DNS is a hierarchical distributed database that holds IP (Internet protocol) addresses and other data. Visit the DNS overview page to learn more about DNS.


Domain Ending or Top Level Domain                     

A domain name's final label(s), such as ‘.com’, is known as the domain ending. There are thousands of endings, and a register is in charge of each end. Customers of registrars acquire single-label domain names that include the domain ending, such as ‘’.


The domain ending is frequently just a single label, such as ‘.in’, which serves as the top-level domain (TLD). In certain circumstances, a registry is in charge of a multi-label part ending like, and clients buy domain names one level below that, such as ‘’. It is popular to refer to all registry-controlled domain endings as TLDs, despite this not necessarily being technically correct.

DNS Hosting Provider

A business that manages DNS name servers is a DNS hosting provider. Google is your DNS hosting provider if you select Google Domains or Cloud DNS as your DNS service. Your DNS hosting provider is the organization in charge of your custom name servers if you're utilizing them.

Cloud DNS

You can utilize Cloud DNS, a high-performance and dependable DNS hosting provider, to publish your domain names to the vast DNS namespace.

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Advantages of Cloud Domain

The following advantages that come from Cloud Domains:

  • Allows you to seamlessly add a domain to any chosen application after registering or transferring it through Google Cloud. These actions can be taken via the terminal, the g-cloud command line, or the Cloud Domains API.
  • Use the same Cloud Billing account you already have to bill your domains. As far as your Cloud Billing account is valid, Cloud Domains will also renew your registered name.
  • Google Cloud is accessible everywhere and anybody can use it.
  • It allows you to handle domain registrations per project rather than per person. One or more of your domains can be managed as a single project in Cloud Domains, or if you want, you can export your domain to Google Domains and handle it separately. Since the domain is linked to the project, Cloud Domains facilitate team cooperation. Utilizing Identity and Access Management, you may centrally control all rights. Direct account administration is possible with Google Domains.
  • It allows you to integrate your systems and supports domain registration through programmatic access. Utilizing the usual quotas, permissions, and other features of Google Cloud, you can restrict access to the API.
  • It offers the exact registration costs as Google Domains if you pay in USD. Due to variations in how to exchange value has been calculated, there can be a few tiny discrepancies when using other currencies. Throughout the registration time, a proportionate amount of the cost is charged.
  • Cloud DNS charges you individually if you use it to set up your domain name servers.

Steps to Transfer a Domain

  1. Refresh your contact details.
  2. Set up the domain name that sends emails.
  3. Open the domain.
  4. Request a code of permission.
  5. Check to see if a transfer is permitted for your domain.
  6. Activate your new registrar's account.
  7. The authorization code must be entered.
  8. The domain transfer must be approved.
  9. Pay for the transfer of your domain.
  10. Finish transferring the domain.
  11. Select a private or public domain.
  12. Reject the prior service.

Features or Usage Cases

Cloud Domains can be used for the following things:

  • Lookup available domains
  • Purchase a domain.
  • Transfer-in of a domain already registered with another registrar.
  • Control your enrollment (optionally). Instead of administering the domain under a Cloud project, export it from Cloud Domains and transfer it to Google Domains for personal use.

Delete a Domain

The domain remains active in the Domain Name System even after you delete it from your Cloud Domains account (DNS). You take sole domain ownership in Google Domains, where you can own the domain name until it expires.

After the registration or transfer is finished, you can delete a domain you registered or transferred using the Subscription and Commitment (Brazil) billing models.

Steps to Delete a Domain

  1. Go to the console.
  2. Check out the Cloud Domains website.
  3. Choose the domain name you want to delete from the ‘Registrations’ page which is next to the domain name.
  4. Click on ‘Delete’ to delete the domain.

Changing the Privacy and Contact Settings

You must provide contact details for a domain when you register it. Three different formats exist for contact details:

  • RegistrantThe owner of the domain is the registrant.
  • Admin: The person in charge of making choices regarding your domain's administration.
  • Technical: The person in charge of your domain's technical adjustments.

For a domain, you can enter the same information for all three contacts or different contact information for each category of contact. Additional contact options can be changed.

By the options offered for the domain ending you select, Cloud Domains also enables you to choose the privacy settings for your contact information.

Access Control Using IAM

You can use IAM(Identity and Access Management) to implement the least privileged security approach and only permit those users who really need access to your resources.

By establishing IAM policies, you can manage who has access to what resources and under what conditions. IAM policies assign a user certain roles that come with predetermined permissions. For instance, a certain person could have to add and change a domain's contact information. Therefore, you would assign the roles/domains.admin role to that user. However, a user might simply need to browse currently available resource domains, in which case they would be given the roles/domains.viewer role. You can set up a project and resource-level access for Cloud Domains.

Here are some instances of viewer role permissions:

  • A list of all domains connected to a project.
  • View registration information, such as DNS, expiration date, etc.
  • Get registration information and do a domain availability search.

Examples of permissions for an administrator role are as follows:

  • Create a new domain.
  • Update your registration's DNS and contact information, among other things.
  • Transfer or export the domain registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Explain cloud domain.

Cloud Domains supports automatic domain verification based on user accounts and allows users to register domain names directly within Google Cloud via the Google Cloud Console UI, g-cloud, and API.

What does a GCP domain mean?

Using Cloud Domains, you can register and set up a domain in Google Cloud. Every country where Google Cloud is offered also offers Cloud Domains.

What do you mean by domain name?

When using client software to access a website, a domain name is a string of characters corresponding to a numeric IP address.

Who owns a domain for a website?

Whoever first registered the website address with a recognized registrar, such as, owns the domain name.

What sets a server and a cloud apart from one another?

A cloud is a remote server you access online and is typically located in data centers.


In this article, we have discussed the cloud domains along with its advantages, features, steps to transfer a domain, uage cases, deleting a domain, changing the privacy and contact settings, etc.

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