Google Domains

What is Google Domains? How to get a Google Domain. Google Domains launches as invite-only domain-registration service. (For more details, see: Google tests domain registration service.)

Following last year's move by ICANN to introduce up to 1,400 new generic top-level domains with endings such as .rentals, .club, .reviews, .photography and .guru, Google is getting into the domain-registration game. Here's what you need to know about Google Domains.

What is Google Domains?

Google Domains is an invite-only beta domain-registration service. Google says Google Domains is an easy way to set up a web address, with simple management tools. Google is listed by ICANN as an accredited registrar for some top-level domain names such as .biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, .org and .pro.

Google Domains is a challenger to other domain-registration services. Unlike GoDaddy and the others Google covers the cost for private registration, so you can hide your name, address and contact information. Google Domains also includes branded email, such as [email protected]_company.com, and forwarding to other domains or websites.

Google Domains offers users up to 100 subdomains, as well as phone support and a variety of management tools.

The Google Domains site does not yet list the prices for the new service, and asks potential users to apply for a trial code.

Other options include website building software. This is an optional service offered by Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly and Wix. Google says it offers secure, reliable hosting, customizable web templates and features such as e-commerce, drag & drop creation and mobile site-management. See also: web-design packages buying advice.

How to get a Google Domain

Right now Google Domains is a beta-only service. Google says:

"We aren't ready for everyone to join yet (you currently need an invitation code to buy or transfer a domain), so we want those who join to play an active role in helping us improve. We're working hard to offer our customers the best domain experience possible, and we welcome your input, questions and feedback."

You can register for an invite on the domains.google.com page. (See also: Brand new domain names are coming: pre-register now for your .LONDON website.)