As you may know, Google officially launched it’s Google Domains registration service last year to a limited group of people by invitation only. On January 13th, Google announced that they would be removing the invitation-only requirement for US residents. So this means that residents of the US can now use Google’s domain platform. As an ICANN-accredited domain registrar, Google abides by the same regulations as all the others. Google Domains is still in Beta mode, but it appears that after months of testing, it seems to be working fine. I have not heard any complaints about it thus far.
In addition to the release to the US public, there have also been some recent enhancements to the Google Domains service:
- Improved search and suggestion experience to help you find the perfect domain name
- Over 60 new domain endings like .company, .florist and .coffee (view the full list here)
- A simple dashboard to manage your domain, website and email settings
- The integration of Blogger so you can create a blog and easily connect it to your domain
- The ability to quickly browse website template themes and compare the plans and features of our website building providers
- Dynamic DNS so you can setup your domain and keep it pointing to the same computer even when the IP address changes. Read more about it here.
I had a chance to try it out last year and I liked the platform, but there is no reason for me to leave my current registrar, especially with the difference in pricing.
Here is the official site for Google Domains if you want to check it out: http://www.google.com/domains