Google Domains Is Now Available To Everyone In The U.S.
Giant domain-registrars like GoDaddy and Enom need to watch out as Google Domains is now available to everyone in the United States. The service originally launched back in June 2014, but it was only available to limited users with an official invite.
The starting price for a ‘.com’ domain registration is $12 which is almost identical to other domain registrars out there. However, this $12 fee includes several other features which are usually charged by competing companies. For $12 fee, users will be able to avail features like:
- Access to up to 100 subdomains
- Dynamic DNS
- WHOIS registration
- Website forwarding and email alias forwarding to personal email accounts
This is not it! Google is also offering 24/7 support via chat, phone, and email without any additional charges. Additionally, the service also has built-in integration with third-party website developers such as Wix, Shopify, Weebly, and Squarespace. However, users will have to pay extra to access these additional services.
Users will also be able to add full support for Blogger.com in order to connect their newly registered domains to a pre-existing blog. Reportedly, Google also plans to add Google Apps Integration in coming months.
A domain name can be registered for up to 10 years and users can turn yearly auto-renewal on for $12 – provided that the domain name costs $12 per year. As of this instant, Google Domains offers over 60 domain endings including .coffee, .academy, .solar, etc. Do note that such domain endings cost far more than a regular ‘.com’ or ‘.net’ ending. For instance, ‘anyname.academy’ can be bought for $30 per year. I also tried buying domain endings such as ‘.xxx’ or ‘.club’, but those are not available as of this instant.
Last, but not the least, users will also come across several premium domains for sale. These aftermarket domain names are sold by other users which anyone can register for multiple years and turn on auto-renewal to pay regular fee from first year onwards.
Like I’ve mentioned above, as of this instant, Google Domains is only available in the United States, but users can fill out this sign-up form and get regular notifications about its expansion.
Do you believe Google Domains will be able to surpass already available services such as CheapName, Enom, and GoDaddy? Let us know in the comments below!
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