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
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.