Google Apps Naked Domain Redirect

posted Apr 12, 2011, 7:22 PM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 2:27 PM ]

If you are a Google Apps user, you can use the forwarding features outlined below to point your naked domain ( to one of your mapped subdomains/CNAMEs:


While the Google Apps Naked Domain Redirect (GANDR) will do the trick, it is not - in my opinion - as robust as the alternate method of forwarding your domain via your DNS management console. 

The main issue I see is that when using GANDR
, all redirects will land on the root of your domain, regardless of whether a subdirectory or page is specified in the URL. 

For example, will redirect to when using GANDR.  Using the standard DNS redirect, the same URL would redirect to

  1. Log into your Google Apps control panel at[]
  2. Click on the Domain Settings tab
  3. Select the Domain Names sub-tab of the Domain Settings screen
  4. Click the Redirect your naked domain link:

  5. Enter the sub-domain/CNAME for location you wish to redirect visitors to when they enter your naked domain name ( and click the Continue button

  6. Log into the DNS management console for your domain (GoDaddy, eNom, etc.) and enter the A records specified on the Changing the A-Record for Your Domain page:

  7. Once the A records noted in step 6 above have been created, click the I've Completed These Steps button.
Note:  It may take some time (up to 24 hours) for the DNS changes to fully propagate across the web.  Also note that if you've previously set up a domain redirect/forward for your naked domain, you will want to remove it prior to completing the steps above.