Maintaining Auto-Renew Settings For Your Domain - 2013

Recently, Google Apps redesigned their desktop GUI. Now, it's easier to maintain auto-renew settings for your custom domain.

Of course, "easier" may not be the same as "more initially obvious".

Along with the GUI redesign of Google Apps, Google changed payment procedures for domain registrations.

Google recently removed Google Wallet from custom domain registration.

Google Apps (now,"Google Admin") handles domain registration payment, along with domain registration renewal. When you access Google Admin, and the new GUI, you will be invited to verify payment information, and replace your Google Wallet registration.

Start by accessing the Google Apps desktop, for your domain. If you use GMail for your email, or other Google products, try to use a different browser for Google Apps. Alternately, use an "Incognito" window, in Chrome - or a "Private" window, in Firefox. Or, clear cache, cookies, and sessions - then restart the browser, when possible.

For this domain, "nitecruzr.net", I would access the desktop as
http://google.com/a/cpanel/nitecruzr.net/ServiceLogin
or possibly
http://google.com/a/nitecruzr.net/ServiceLogin

You simply change "nitecruzr.net", to your domain URL, to access the desktop for your domain.

If Google Admin sends you to Google Apps for Business, see Google Apps: Cancel Google Apps for Business 30-day free trial, for instructions on removing Apps For Business from your domain.

"Google Admin" provides the "Admin console". Relevant to domain registration, you'll find two key dashboard links.
  • Billing. How you pay for domain registration.
  • Domains. How you maintain domain registration.


When your domain is currently setup to use Google Wallet for registration payment, and you click on "Billing", you will be invited to "Verify billing information".

The billing information verification process is reasonably straight forward, involving basic identification of your payment account - and uses data already entered in Google Wallet. When complete, you'll have Google Apps verified billing information.

Having verified billing information, you return to the dashboard, and click on "Domains". Right there, you'll have the usual option to "Automatically renew my domain registration".

No mess, no fuss.
  • If you want to automatically renew, you leave the option checked.
  • If you decide to manually renew, you un check the option.
And, you're done.

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Comments

Danny Garcia said…
I have a bunch of blogs that I wish to stop auto-renewing. But I cannot access this Google admin thing. It keeps putting out an error:

"Invalid Request"

With that said, there's now no easy way to cancel auto-renew for the domains I bought.

:(
Chuck Croll said…
Danny,

If you see "Invalid Request" or "Server Error" when trying to login to Google Apps, you don't setup a new administrator account. You use the user name "bloggeradmin" (already setup, on your behalf), and reset the password.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2012/12/after-using-buy-domain-blog-owners.html
Carolynn Markey said…
Hi Chuck.

I cannot log into my account. I try, and I get "invalid request". How do I log in with the usename bloggeradmin? What is the password when I use this username? I don't understand where I put the username--it only asks for my e-mail and account password. How do I reset the password? I reset the password for my google account and it still gives me"invalid request"

i found the e-mail from when I bought the domain, through blogger, and tried to "set up my domain" but it tells me "we cannot process this request at this time".

I want to set my domain up for auto renewal. Please help! Hopelessly confused.
Danny Garcia said…
Thank you Chuck this helped a lot. I also just gave up and removed all my card information so Google won't be able to charge it.

Hi Chuck,
I just want to thank you for all your useful information on your blog. I had just similar problem about the late renewal, was worried at the time if I couldn't get back my blog again because the domain had expired one month.

This has been my second problem for the suspension account and I find your writing is very helpful and easy to understand even for a beginner like me.

Thank you!
Sri