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Google Domains BETA – Google’s New $12 Domain Registration Service Offers Free Privacy

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Google decided to step into the domain registrar business which should have other registrars like Godaddy & Network solutions concerned since Google LOVES to outshine its competition with just about every product they make.

Google Inc. announced a BETA service called Google Domains that looks very much like the beginnings of a full-fledged domain registrar business. The service is invite-only at the moment, and interested parties can request an invite via the link above. Just pretend to search for a domain name and you’ll get prompted to ask for an invite.

The Google Domains landing page has links like “Manage my domains” and “Transfer a domain name.” A separate Features page shows what Google is planning for this service:

  • $12 domain registrations
  • no extra cost for private registrations
  • email aliases
  • customizable sub-domains
  • domain management tools (i.e., CNAME records, etc.)

What’s not clear is how many generic top-level domains the service currently supports. The domain name space is expanding dramatically, and on that Features page, Google says it “will be working to provide you with as many options as possible so you can find the most relevant and meaningful names as you get started online.”

In its announcement, Google goes out of its way to emphasize the beta nature of Google Domains:

Google Domains isn’t fully-featured yet, but we’re giving a small group of people the ability to buy and transfer domains through it and send feedback on their experience. (You currently need an invitation code to do so, sorry!) We want input on all the ways we can help make finding, buying, transferring and managing a domain a simple and transparent experience. We also want to make sure our customer support and infrastructure works flawlessly, and that we have the right additional services (like mobile website creation tools and hosting services from a range of providers, as well as domain management support). We’re working with some of the top website building providers like +Shopify, +Squarespace, +Weebly, and +Wix.com to help make that happen.

A domain registration service makes perfect sense for Google, which has been an accredited registrar for many years. It fits right in with Google’s Get Your Business Online efforts and its recent Google My Business portal.

Seriously, FREE Private Registration Included, WOW!

First, it’s promising not to charge users anything extra to conceal personal information (e.g. name and address) that must be provided when registering a URL. Google Domains users can create up to 100 email aliases using their domain.

Google also says it’s making domain forwarding super easy in case there’s already a Tumblr or existing site you’d like your new URL to point to. And you shouldn’t run into any problems or downtime (at least on Google’s end). Google Domains use the same DNS servers as Google’s other websites, ensuring “your domain will connect quickly and reliably to your website.”

Lastly, there’s the benefit of real customer support. Google says phone and email support will be available Monday through Friday from 9AM to 9PM EST. Google Domains will help you set up a new URL, but it’s also accepting domain transfers from other registrars if you’re lucky enough to get an invite.

Businesses go First

The first invites are going out to select businesses now, and there’s no target date for when the service will go public. Google is only saying, “Our goal is to make Google Domains more widely available soon.” For now, it wants all the feedback it can get from early users.

Godaddy Competition Rises

Known best for its attention-grabbing, provocative Super Bowl commercials, GoDaddy dominates the domain registration and web hosting industry. Smaller rivals like Hover have tried to stand out by providing stellar customer service and focusing on ease of use, but GoDaddy still plows along and holds a massive market share in the US.

And that’s after it came under fire for initially supporting SOPA and some lackluster security measures. To be fair, GoDaddy is starting to grow up, with a leadership team intent on shedding its old, sleazy image in favor of something more mature and universally appealing. Adding some serious competition to the mix may benefit everyone involved.

First, it’s promising not to charge users anything extra to conceal personal information (e.g. name and address) that must be provided when registering a URL. Google Domains users can create up to 100 email aliases using their domain.

Google also says it’s making domain forwarding super easy in case there’s already a Tumblr or existing site you’d like your new URL to point to. And you shouldn’t run into any problems or downtime (at least on Google’s end). Google Domains use the same DNS servers as Google’s other websites, ensuring “your domain will connect quickly and reliably to your website.”

Lastly, there’s the benefit of real customer support. Google says phone and email support will be available Monday through Friday from 9AM to 9PM EST. Google Domains will help you set up a new URL, but it’s also accepting domain transfers from other registrars if you’re lucky enough to get an invite.

Google Inc. announced a BETA service called Google Domains that looks very much like the beginnings of a full-fledged domain registrar business. The service is invite-only at the moment, and interested parties can request an invite via the link above. Just pretend to search for a domain name and you’ll get prompted to ask for an invite.

Seriously, FREE Private Registration Included, WOW!

First, it’s promising not to charge users anything extra to conceal personal information (e.g. name and address) that must be provided when registering a URL. Google Domains users can create up to 100 email aliases using their domain.

Google also says it’s making domain forwarding super easy in case there’s already a Tumblr or existing site you’d like your new URL to point to. And you shouldn’t run into any problems or downtime (at least on Google’s end). Google Domains use the same DNS servers as Google’s other websites, ensuring “your domain will connect quickly and reliably to your website.”

Lastly, there’s the benefit of real customer support. Google says phone and email support will be available Monday through Friday from 9AM to 9PM EST. Google Domains will help you set up a new URL, but it’s also accepting domain transfers from other registrars if you’re lucky enough to get an invite.