Google Opens Its Domain Registration Service To All U.S. Users
Established registrars offer more services for power domainers, but Google is targeting the small business owner with basic services.
Google is now officially a domain registrar, at least in the U.S.
About six months after launching as an invite-only service, Google Domains is now open to anyone in the U.S.
Domain registration starts at $12 per year, which is competitive with other services. Google Domains offers several of the basic registration services you’d find at other, more established registrars:
- new domain registration
- transfers of existing names into Google’s service
- private domain registration (for free)
- email forwarding
- website/URL forwarding
- integration with website builder services
When the service launched last summer, Google Domains didn’t offer many of the new, generic top-level domains (gTLDs). That’s improved now, with Google offering what looks like about 80 gTLDs in all.
Although the service is now open across the U.S., Google is still calling it a beta — “open beta,” to be precise. The company is planning to open its domain registry in other countries, too, but there’s no timetable given.
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