Google is in the news again after announcing the soft launch of their new domain registration service Google Domains. For now the service is only to available to invited users, but when the Google Domains goes public, domain registration will cost $12 per year (which is a bit cheaper than hosting via Go Daddy).
Here’s what Google said about the invite-only beta launch:
“We’re beginning to invite a small number of people to kick the tires on Google Domains, a domain registration service we’re in the process of building. Businesses will be able to search, find, purchase and transfer the best domain for their business – whether it’s .com, .biz, .org, or any of the wide range of new domains that are being released to the Web.”
According to researchers at Google, 55 percent of small businesses don’t have a website. Google is making it their mission to change that and make it easier than ever for businesses to launch and grow their business online. Google Domains will offer additional web-based services, such as domain privacy and protection, web hosting, tech support, and eventually CMS functionality. Google specifically mentioned Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix as a few of their strategic partners for the project.
Google has been an ICANN-accredited domain registrar since 2005, and now Google will integrate their new domain registration service with other propietary products, like Google My Business, Google Maps and Google+.
To learn more about the service, visit Google Domains.