Can anybody please explain Google Apps to me?

I mean, really, can you do a worse job in explaining people what they need to do?

I’m a happy GMail user, and I mainly use my domain for email (and one static page), so Google Apps seems like a perfect way forward to me.

EMail migration should be easy – re-direct the MX records, and everything should be fine.

Detail questions:

– is there a way to define a catchall? I have about 10 email addresses to care for, and I do not want to lose any email after the switch.

– all my current addresses are on different GMail accounts already – is there a way to pull the mail, address book, contact list etc. over? This should be easy, right?

The web page is harder. I have placed the html file to verify ownership, but now I’m lost. The GoogleApps page has instructions to change CNAME data for different hosters, but my service provider doesn’t offer me that kind of interface. Isn’t there an easy way to transfer the whole domain to, say, GoDaddy automatically? What’s the right process to do that without losing emails?

Here’s an opportunity for a service offered by Google. If I, the prototype early adopter person, can’t figure this out, many others will be unsure as well.

4 thoughts on “Can anybody please explain Google Apps to me?

  1. my move has some tips and stuff and a few links. Not as straight forward and the offer no option to migrate your Google account to your new Google Apps account under your own domain.

  2. my move has some tips and stuff and a few links. Not as straight forward and the offer no option to migrate your Google account to your new Google Apps account under your own domain.

  3. Setting up Google Apps for your domain is not an easy thing to do. Since you need so many other things outside Google’s domain.

    For Catch-All: If you are on the Dashboard,click on the Email link. You’ll find it there.

    Importing contacts. Didn’t do it myself, not sure if this feature is even offered. Don’t think so though.

    Changing CNAME is not always offered. My dedicated host has a nice webpanel for this. Some of the other providers I had, required me to email their support for changes.
    Many if not all webhotel providers will not provide you with this feature.
    Sometimes, depending on the TLD provider, it may be necessary to use a external DNS provider to redirect your CNAMEs and etc.

  4. Setting up Google Apps for your domain is not an easy thing to do. Since you need so many other things outside Google’s domain.

    For Catch-All: If you are on the Dashboard,click on the Email link. You’ll find it there.

    Importing contacts. Didn’t do it myself, not sure if this feature is even offered. Don’t think so though.

    Changing CNAME is not always offered. My dedicated host has a nice webpanel for this. Some of the other providers I had, required me to email their support for changes.
    Many if not all webhotel providers will not provide you with this feature.
    Sometimes, depending on the TLD provider, it may be necessary to use a external DNS provider to redirect your CNAMEs and etc.

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