Mastering Google Cloud Console: Features, Use cases and Best Practices

Today we’ll discuss some of the most important questions about Google Cloud Console, its features, use cases, and best practices.

We’ll find out how Google Cloud Console works and what services it offers to help you perform different tasks. So, stick around to discover GCC and learn the easiest way to create a Google Cloud Platform account. 

What is Google Cloud Console and what is its purpose?

Google Cloud Console is a powerful graphical tool the main aim of which is to help you manage your Google Cloud Platform resources and applications including web applications, data analysis, datastore, virtual machines, databases, networking, and developer services. 

GCP resources are the basic components that Google Cloud Services contain. They include:

  • Compute Engine, 

  • Cloud Pub/Sub topics, 

  • Virtual machines, 

  • Cloud storage buckets, 

  • App Engine instances, etc. 

How does Google Cloud Console work? 

When using the Google Cloud console, you can create a new project or select an existing project. Then you can use the created resources in the context of that project.

On the landing page of the Google Cloud Console dashboard you see the following:

  • Home dashboard: provides an overview of your Google Cloud project including billing, and “getting started guides”. 

  • Google Cloud projects: you can click on the available project name to switch to a different project. 

  • Resources: once you switch to a new project you can see the resources for another project. 

  • New project: you can also create a new project.

  • Left navigation menu: you can see this on the top-left corner of the dashboard. It helps you to access your Google Cloud Services. 

  • Favorite products: on the navigation menu you can pin your favorite products. 

  • Search bar: you can use this to quickly search for Google Cloud products, documentation, and resources. 

What are the main features of Google Cloud Console?

  1. 1

    Google Cloud Resources

    Google Cloud Console allows you to quickly find resources and check their health in one place. This includes virtual machines, network settings, and data storage.

  2. 2

    Data Management

    Google Cloud Console comes with a powerful data management feature. It is responsible for storing, querying, and processing small and big data.

  3. 3

    SSH in the browser

    This feature allows you to quickly and securely connect to your virtual machine instances using SSH directly from the browser.

  4. 4

    Activity stream

    Activity stream is all about understanding all the possible activities happening in your cloud applications in one place. With the help of this feature, you can see what your teammates are updating in the project. It helps to find out any issues and audit access.

  5. 5


    Billing feature allows you to manage your billing accounts. It will enable you to see a detailed failure of your recent bill. You can set spending budgets to avoid unexpected bills. 

  6. 6

    Mobile Apps

    Google Cloud Console is available as a free mobile app for Android and iOS. This feature is meant to manage DevOps tasks on the go with native iOS and Android console mobile applications. It helps to understand the health condition of your services.

  7. 7

    Cloud Shell

    Cloud shell is your admin machine in the cloud that helps you to manage, explore, and interact with AWS resources directly from a browser. It quickly handles complex tasks with your preferred tools. 

  8. 8


    Diagnostics is able to track down production issues quickly. With the help of Logs viewer, you can quickly search and filter logs collected in real-time from all your instances. 

  9. 9


    Google Cloud Console Marketplace gives you the opportunity to explore, launch, and manage solutions with a few clicks. It includes infrastructure, OS, database, blog, CMS, CRM, developer tools, and the like. 

What are the applications of Google Cloud Console?

  • Enabling the Cloud Storage API for a project

    You can use the Google Cloud console to enable the Cloud API for a project. A cloud storage API enables accessing, adding, updating, and deleting data from remote cloud storage. 

  • Creating buckets

    You can create buckets in the Google Cloud console. On the Create a bucket page, you can enter your bucket information and create the bucket. 

  • Deleting buckets

    The same way you create a bucket in the Google Cloud console, you can also delete a bucket. You should note that deleting a bucket also deletes any objects and information stored within the bucket. They cannot be recovered.

What types of tasks can you perform with the Google Cloud console?

With the help of Google Cloud console, you can perform several tasks related to instances, new projects, deployment, editing or deleting a cluster as well as setting a new VM. Let's specify each of the tasks. 

  1. 1

    Making or deleting an instance

    In the Google Cloud Console, you can make or delete an instance. You can create an instance on the VM instances page and you can delete an instance on the Cloud SQL Instances page. 

  2. 2

    Creating a new project

    Google Cloud Console allows you to create a new project. To do so you need to go to the Menu menu > IAM & Admin > Create a Project. Go to Create a Project.

  3. 3

    Deploying/editing/deleting a new cluster

    You can deploy a new cluster in Google Cloud Console in this quickstart. Editing or updating a new cluster as well as deleting is performed on the Google Kubernetes Engine page. 

  4. 4

    Setting up a new Virtual Machine (VM)

    You can set up a new Virtual Machine on the VM instances page of the Google Cloud Console. You need to select your project and click Continue. Then follow the rest of the steps. 

What are the Google Cloud Console components?

You can access the Google Cloud components via the GCP Console homepage. Those components include:

  • Home: shows info about active resources and billing. 

  • Dashboard: includes information about the currently active project the user is working on. It can also update on several parameters like APIs, Resources, Instances, Billing, etc.

  • Activity: holds information about the user’s recent activity, and history of all actions performed by the user. It includes tasks such as making or deleting instances, creating a new project, deploying/editing/deleting a new cluster, or setting up a new Virtual Machine (VM).

  • Recommendations: Google suggestions to improve the user experience, based on your work experience on the Google Console Platform.

A step-by-step guide to setting up Google Cloud Console

As a first step, you need to create a Google Cloud Platform account and then you can get access to Google Cloud Console. 

Creating a Google Cloud Platform account

  1. 1

    Go to the Free Trial and Free Tier | Google Cloud

  2. 2

    Click on Start free

  3. 3

    Choose your country and agree with terms and services.

  4. 4

    Click on Continue

  5. 5

    Follow the steps and provide the necessary information

  6. 6

    Click on Start my Free Trial

  7. 7

    Complete the transaction and click on Continue

Accessing Google Cloud Console

  1. 1

    Go to the Getting started – Google Cloud console

  2. 2

    A current project owner enables access to the entire project. It includes equally all buckets and objects defined in the project. 

Customizing the Google Cloud Console dashboard

  1. 1

    Select Monitoring or click the following button in the Google Cloud console.

  2. 2

    Then select Dashboards, in the navigation pane.

  3. 3

    Select the dashboard you want to view or edit.

  4. 4

    Click on Dashboard Edit. 

What are the pricing models for Google Cloud Console?




$9.99 / month

$39.99 / month

$99.99 / month


Unlimited calls Access to Admin Console

Unlimited calls Access to Admin Console Multiple logins Security

Unlimited calls Access to Admin Console Multiple logins Security Unlimited support

What are the pros and cons of using Google Cloud Console?

Based on user experiences we have collected some of the most common advantages and disadvantages of using Google Cloud Console. It’s quite convenient but still has a few cons to consider. 


  • Powerful data analytics and storage.

  • Ease of accessibility to information and saved documents.

  • Easy collaboration of facilities.

  • Supporting cloud-native business.

  • Well-performed portability and open-source integration.


  • Complicated transition from the platform to another vendor.

  • Limited/fewer features and services.

  • Limited/fewer global data centers.

How to optimize application performance using Google Cloud Console

There are 5 ways to optimize application performance using Google Cloud Console:

  • Choose the Right Instance Types

    Using Google Cloud Console you can select the GCP project that you want to access from the console top navigation bar. Choosing the right instance type helps you to  improve performance as well as reduce costs. 

  • Use Automatic Scaling

    You can set up auto scaling on Google Cloud Platform with the help of Google Cloud Console. This feature allows you to manage the creation and deletion of new servers in your network automatically. It allows you to scale your application according to different loads. 

  • Use Preemptible Instances

    You can create and use Preemptible virtual machine (VM) Instances with Google Cloud Console. Once you create preemptible instances you can then Start a preempted VM and manage preemption with a shutdown script. 

  • Leverage Custom Machine Types

    Custom machine types is a feature of Compute Engine that allows you quickly create a machine type according to your requirements. With the help of custom machine types you can create virtual machines, improve performance and optimize your costs. 

  • Optimize Networking

    By optimizing networking you can improve the performance and security of your GCP environment. It will also help to improve performance and reduce costs.


With the help of Google Cloud Console you can solve data storage problems as well as run and manage data smoothly and effectively.

This service is a secure cloud service that comes with many helpful features and components that allow you to organize your business needs.

It’s a great tool to manage everything powering your cloud application including data analysis, VMs, datastore, databases, networking, and developer services.

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