Google Domains to Compete with GoDaddy
Google is hopping onto the domain market with “Google Domains.” On Monday, Google revealed this service to the public, which is currently in an invite-only beta stage. In a statement they said, “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.”
In their own private study, Google learned that over half of small businesses don’t have their own website. With Google Domains, they hope to help small business and companies develop their presence online.
“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.”
Google Domains specified that this service only offers domain forwarding, customizable sub-domains, and no-cost private registration services. They are not offering actual web hosting plans. Instead, they will redirect customers to some of their partner websites, including Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, and Shopify.
Google claims that users won’t find themselves charged with hidden fees for extra features, including private registration. Users will also have access to a full customer support team to help them through this process.
Plans come with up to 100 email addresses and customized sub-domains for every domain they purchase. On their website, they currently price domain registration for at least $12 per domain, per year.
This service puts Google in immediate competition with GoDaddy, who currently stands as the world’s largest domain name registrar. GoDaddy has over 57 million domains currently under its management. Do you see internet superpower Google taking this market by storm, or will GoDaddy keep its monopoly intact?