Google opens its domain registration service to everyone in the United States
Google’s domain registration service is now in open public beta in the United States. Launched in June, Google Domains was initially available through an invitation-based system, but the GoDaddy alternative is now available to anyone in the United States. For prices starting at $12 per year, Google will help you secure a domain name and add additional benefits such as private registration, email forwarding to Gmail, 100 cent support -domains and domain transfer.
The company has also integrated a number of partners that specialize in helping users build websites quickly, including Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix. (You’ll pay extra if you decide to take advantage of these services.) Today Google announced that it’s also added full support for Blogger – another of its projects – which makes linking a new domain with your existing blog.
In the months since the service was revealed, Google says it received helpful feedback from early testers. This led to improvements such as a simplified dashboard, support for more than 60 domain extensions (.company, .florist, .coffee, etc.), the ability to browse models from the partners mentioned above above and a better search tool to find you the right URL. For those outside the US, Google points to a page where you can sign up to be notified when Google Domains goes international.