How to create your first project on Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform offers hundreds of cloud-based features and tools, but before you can access a single one, you have to create a project.


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Cloud computing services are vital to the modern business enterprise. Any business, whether a small single-person operation trying to find a niche or a multinational enterprise intent on world domination, can gain enormous competitive advantages from the proper implementation of cloud services. On the flip side, not taking advantage of cloud-based benefits is often the first step on the path to obscurity and failure.

There are dozens of cloud vendors that offer services and tools ranging from single-use online applications to full-fledged Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). One of the cloud vendors offering a variety of services to the marketplace is Alphabet, operating under the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) banner.

This tutorial shows how to create your first project on Google Cloud Platform.

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How to create your first project on GCP

Like other cloud vendors, such as Microsoft Azure and AWS, the first and most important step for gaining access to cloud services is setting up an account. For Google Cloud, you must establish a valid Google account, including name, location, and credit card–even if you intend to use only the free version of the cloud system.

With your preferred web browser, use your validated account to log into the Google ecosystem. Navigate to the main Google Cloud page, and click the Go To Console button to reach a screen similar to Figure A.

Note: A temporary default project may be listed, but I am creating my own project for this example.

Figure A


Figure A

Click the Create link to…