In its ever-expanding quest to organize the world’s information, and help small business develop a better online presence, Google announced yesterday that it is launching its own domain registration service. Google Domains, available at domains.google.com, is currently in an invite-only beta for now, which is typical when Google rolls out an important new product or service. Since Google is seeking active users who will be willing to provide lots of feedback before it launches for the public, interested people must sign up to get an invite.
The service won’t offer web hosting, but Google has partnered with companies like Wix, Squarespace, Shopify, and Weebly to give users lots of options when designing their websites. Those lucky enough to use the service now will be able to create up to 100 email addresses on the domain that will forward to existing email accounts (so it’s a little different than what Google Apps offers), and users can also set up as many as 100 customized sub-domains. Google Domains uses Google’s own DNS servers, which makes for quick response times.
Previously, Google offered users a way to register domains through other companies like GoDaddy, but later discontinued this service without giving any explanation. It’s nice to see Google get back in this business, and cut out the extra middle-man, too. Overall, this looks like a very interesting service, and I can’t wait to try it out myself.
Anyone planning to transfer any domains or register a few new ones once this goes live for the public?