Watch out, GoDaddy. Google is entering your territory. Google Domains is officially available for consumers in the United States. Google Domains offers registration, set-up and support on top-level domains with prices starting at $12 a year.
"A domain name, your address on the Internet, says a lot about who you are and what you do. New domain endings like .guru and .photography can help you find a meaningful address that stands out on the Web," Google said in its announcement. "Every domain includes Web site forwarding, e-mail forwarding (help@your_company), simple management tools and other helpful features."
Google Domains charges the same amount for each year of registration. When you purchase the domain name, you can add up to 10 years of registration -- or five years for .co domains -- and still renew your domain at the same price every year.
What Makes Google Domains Different?
Google offered this example for clarity's sake: If a .com domain costs $12 for the first year, two years of registration will cost $24. Essentially, you can avoid price increases by choosing to auto-renew your domain every year at the original price you paid. There is only one exception: If your domain registration has expired for longer than 30 days, you'll have to pay a fee to restore it.
Google is offering top-level domain names at various prices. For example, .academy will cost you $30, while .actor domains run $40 and .clothing domains will cost $30. Some of the priciest options include .haus at $110 and .ventures and .diamonds at $50.
Plenty of additional features are included at no extra cost, which may also make Google Domains more attractive than its competition. For example, the service offers free Whois privacy. That typically comes at an additional fee with competing domain name sellers. Google Domains also offers domain forwarding and subdomain forwarding, e-mail forwarding, Google nameservers with 1 million DNS resolutions per year, and support via an online help center, e-mail, chat or phone.
Will Businesses Want It?
We caught up with Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his reaction to Google Domains. He told us there could be a demand among businesses for what Google is offering, especially those that buy up domain names regularly.
"I imagine if you are a large product company like a Bristol Myers this could be attractive," Enderle said. "You could assign product domain names to unannounced products quickly, potentially preventing folks from seizing the names and then forcing you to buy them -- anyone that had an ongoing need for new domain names, which could also include publishers, movie companies, and even pharmaceutical firms that often set up unique domain names tied to their products."
Hans de Wilde:
Posted: 2015-01-18 @ 6:23pm PT
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