Domain name business is one of the most lucrative businesses in today’s date, and now Google is in the news for launching its domain registration service.
On 24th June 2014, Google announced its domain registration service with the name “Google Domains“. Google domain registration service is at an infant stage and it will take time before you can take advantage of their domain registration service.
For now, I will share about the features of Google domains and link to ask for Google domains invite.
Features of Google Domains service:
As I mentioned above, this is not the first time Google is dealing with domains, but as a domain registrar; this is the first time, users will be able to buy domains directly from Google.
Let’s look at notable features of Google domains as domain registrar:
Free private name registration:
Who.is guard or private name registration is one useful feature that Google domains are offering for free. If you are not aware of who.is guard service, here you can watch a video to learn everything about it. Free private name registration will be free when you buy a domain or transfer a domain from other domain registrars to Google.
Branded domain Emails:
This is the most lucrative feature of all, as with this you can create 100 email aliases with your domain name, and forward it to your Gmail account. I’m still looking for more information on this, as I’m not sure if Google is going to offer branded domain emails via Google apps or will it be different from Google apps.
Google apps for businesses used to be free in the past but now it’s paid. You can find a detailed tutorial on Google apps for businesses over here.
This is another common and useful feature for every domain owners. Using this you can forward a domain to another domain name. For example, if your main site is xyz.com and you have another domain name extensions like xyz.net, xyz.in, you can forward the other domain extensions to .com or vice-versa. This is one standard feature offered by all the domain registrars.
Domain management tools:
From the usability point of view, domain management tools will make the life of domain owners easy. With Domain management tools you can edit your domain A record, CNAME, name server records easily.
I’m also hoping that Google will integrate domains with its other services like Webmaster tool, Google tag manager to make the life of a webmaster easy.
It has already mentioned about this feature “Use Google Synthetic Records for integration with Google App Engine, subdomain forwarding and Google Apps services”.
Integration with popular website builders:
Along with this, you will be getting all standard features offered by popular domain registrars like Domain locking, customizable sub-domain to name a few.
As an end-user, I’m pretty excited to see another big player jumping into domain business. This will indeed help us to get better service and more competitive price. Google is supposed to charge $12 for .com domains which are almost the same as other popular domain registrars.
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