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Google is getting into the domain business
Tech Crunch did an article today about Google starting a small private beta with regard to Google has just launched a small private beta for a domain registration service that it’s aptly dubbed “Google Domains.” You can find the largely locked down landing page for the service here.
And talk about timing: On June 9, GoDaddy finally filed for the IPO that it’s been mulling since at least 2006. Two weeks later, Google publicly announces plans to get into the domain registration market. Up until now, GoDaddy was even one of the partners that Google recommended. That can’t feel great.
While it seems Google is still working out exactly what it’ll bring to the table, here’s some of the stuff it’s disclosed so far:
- Free private registration, allowing you to mask your name/address/etc. from Whois searches without having to pay a third-party service
- Free email forwarding from firstname.lastname@example.org to your personal Gmail inbox
- Free domain forwarding
- Support for up to 100 sub-domains
- Plans to support all of the crazy new domain endings that will roll out over the next few years (like .guru and .club)
Read the full article here