After more than seven years in beta, Google Domains is now available
Google Domains, the company’s domain registration service, is no longer considered beta, the company revealed Tuesday. The programme is now broadly available in 26 countries, and the company reports that “millions of active registrations” have already been made.
If you register with Google Domains, you’ll get access to over 300 distinct domain endings, “high-performance DNS” (Google claims this is the same infrastructure it uses for its own websites), and “round-the-clock customer service from actual people.” Additionally, the business is offering new and returning users a 20% discount on “any single domain registration or transfer-in to Google Domains” using the code DOMAINS20.
However, even if you register a domain name using Google Domains, you will still need to create a website to use it. Google, predictably, recommends its Google Sites offering, but also “premium partners” such as Wix, Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Bluehost.
Google Domains has been under development for quite some time — it began in an invite-only test in June 2014 and was released to the public in January 2015 in the United States. Even Gmail was not that long in beta.