Google today launched its own Internet domain registration service. As with many Google services, Google Domains too has been launched in beta and you will need an invite to get in and buy a domain.
According to the search giant, more than 55 percent of small businesses don’t have a company website. This new service is aimed at them and Google wants to make it easy for them to have an online presence.
“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,” Google said in a statement. “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 will be offering features like domain forwarding, private registrations, and customizable sub-domains and up to 100 email ids based on chosen the domain. A point to note is that Google is only offering domain registrations and will not be doing the hosting. It has signed up with partners including Wix, Weebly, Shopify, and Squarespace, who will provide the hosting services as well as tools to build the website.
As mentioned, this service is currently in beta and you will need an invite to use it. When it does go public, you will have to pay a small fee for the service. While the search giant didn’t reveal how much, according to CNET it will be around $12 annually.