Google apps for business is one of the best service out there to get a custom domain Email address and earlier they used to offer free Google Apps account up to 10 users. I have already shared about how to use it earlier here and here. In fact, setting up your own domain Email address is one of those things which I always recommend to all the bloggers to add a professionalism to their blog. Unfortunately, Google killed their 7-year-old free version of Google apps and now you can’t sign up for a free version of Google apps.
Google earlier lowered down the users allowed in free account to 10 from 50 and now they have completely taken it down as announced in a recent blog post. Google apps for businesses have been one of the most popular service among bloggers, internet marketers and small size business owners to create a domain specific Email address. The good news here is, though Google killed the free version but any existing free Google apps user don’t have to worry about anything and you can continue enjoying the free service through out, until they make any major change in future.
Google apps for Business Pricing:
Google apps team have updated the pricing chart of their service and now you need to pay either $5/user/month or $50/user/year. Here is the new pricing chart form official page:
Though the new pricing structure is not costly looking at market standard and quality of service Google apps offer, but again it will not be a cheap investment for a budding blogger to spend $5/month to get a professional Email address. I will be sharing some of the work around and Free alternative to Google apps for businesses in coming days. Though, Google still offer free accounts via Google apps for education and there is a work around to get free Google apps account using App Engine Admin Console but it will be limited to one free user only, which is not a bad option for a Blogger. I will be trying it and will be sharing the guideline for the same with you in follow-up article.
Google is getting serious about their product which is targeted to businesses and earlier they launched Google analytics premium to offer more robust service to premium customer of their free Google analytics.
As I mentioned above, Users who are signed up for free Google apps account before 6th december 2012 will be able to enjoy the service for free and others who need a Google apps account, they need to pay according to their requirement of users. Also, existing premium customers can downgrade to free version until January 9 2013.
Though 10 free user account was a good free service by Google apps team and killing it completely have surely disappointed many Google apps loyalist. Specially, I have this habit of creating a Google apps account for all my domains and now I need to look for one of the alternative solution which also offers the similar quality.
Do let me know about your reaction on this and also if you know of any existing free or paid alternative to Google apps, do let me know via comments.