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I have purchased a domain from GoDaddy and I want to host it using Google App Engine. But when I added it to the app's custom domain, it asked me to sign up for "Google Apps for Business" (it is a trial for 30 days), to verify that I was the owner of the domain.

So will I also lose hosting on my custom domain by Google App Engine when the trial period expires?

I don't even want the account on Google Apps for Business. Is there a way to add a custom domain to my app without signing up for Google Apps for Business?

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To use a custom domain with Google App Engine, you would follow the steps here: Google App Engine: Using a Custom Domain

When you get to step number 3 there, be sure to click:

Sign up for a free single user Google Apps account

After this, as written there:

"Proceed through the Google Apps signup process, either using an existing domain name or registering a new one."

Since you already have a domain name registered through GoDaddy, follow the steps for using an existing domain name.

Then you'll have to create a CNAME with GoDaddy to point your domain to the subdomain you created at appspot.com. Here are instructions on how to do this: GoDaddy: Adding or Editing CNAME Records

You'll then have to wait 24-72 hours for DNS servers to update so that your domain name resolves properly.

For additional help, there is a tag on StackOverflow that you can add to questions about Google App Engine. See this for more on that: Google App Engine community support is moving to Stack Overflow

There is also a support forum for GoDaddy domain name issues here: GoDaddy: Domain Management and Services Topics

Update:

According to this post yesterday, the free, basic version of Google Apps is being discontinued, and replaced with a $50/yr per user fee that includes:

"24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime"

This won't affect existing users already using the free service (or educational organizations). See this for more information: Changes to Google Apps for businesses

They will however offer: "A $50 App Engine credit for developers who need to purchase a new Google Apps for Business domain in order to associate a domain with an App Engine account."

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