Google Launches Domain Name Service

Google has launched its Google Domains service in the US, bringing the company to a brand new market. The service brings a load of competitive extras, with many questioning whether they’ll pose a threat to GoDaddy and other big name domain providers.

Google Domains has been in an invite-only beta since June, but is now open as a public beta to US citizens. It brings some big perks – free private registration (WHOIS masking), free Gmail email forwarding, free domain forwarding and an allowance of up to 100 sub-domains. The service also offers easy Blogger integration, a simple Google-designed domain dashboard and access to a cavalcade of those new domain endings.

Of course many are wondering whether Google will pose a threat to GoDaddy and other big domain companies. It’s understood that Google will probably attempt to simply the process of buying and using a domain name, especially with its massive online presence. Thanks to that presence, what is certain however, is that it will at least see some degree of success, although it’s not known whether this will become a big business for Google.

Source: 9to5Google

GoDaddy Reveals New Generic Top-Level Domains .MENU, .BUILD and More

ICANN has been going through a lengthy and expensive process of opening up new top level domains (TLDs) for websites and the fruits of all those developments and negotiations are finally starting to filter through to consumers. Domain name registrar GoDaddy has revealed that you can now start the pre-registration of some new top level domains which include .uno, .menu, .build and .luxury.

GoDaddy is now accepting pre-orders on the new TLDs starting at $40/$300 (pre-registration/priority pre-registration) for the .uno domain, $50/$350 for the .menu domain, $100/$200 for the .build domain and $800/$1200 for the .luxury domain.

“GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, is the first registrar to sell pre-registrations on the new, ICANN-approved domain name extensions, as part of a new program designed to expand the inventory of Internet website addresses.” stated GoDaddy in a company statement.

The new TLDs won’t become usable until later next year and expect many more TLDs to go on pre-registration before then.

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