HOME     MENU     SEARCH     NEWSLETTER    
NEWS & INFORMATION FOR TECHNOLOGY PURCHASERS. UPDATED ABOUT A MINUTE AGO.
You are here: Home / Small Business / Google Gets into the Domain Name .Biz
Build Apps 5x Faster
For Half the Cost Enterprise Cloud Computing
On Force.com
Google Gets into the Domain Name Registration .Biz
Google Gets into the Domain Name Registration .Biz
By Linda M. Rosencrance / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JUNE
24
2014



Already a Goliath among companies in terms of search, social networking and all things Internet, Google is now launching a domain name registration service. As such, it is squaring off against GoDaddy, a giant in its own right as the world's largest domain name registrar.

On Monday, Google rolled out Google Domains -- an invitation-only beta service. Google is touting its new service as a way for companies to easily find, buy, transfer and manage a Web address.

Until now, Google has said it did not register or host domain names, instead referring users to partners like GoDaddy.com and eNom.com to purchase their domain names.

But Things Change

"It's 2014 and it seems obvious, but across laptops, tablets and mobile devices, a Web site is one of the first places people go to find information about a business," Google said in a blog post. "But amazingly, our research shows that 55 percent of small businesses still don't have one."

Earlier this month, GoDaddy filed for an initial public offering of $100 million -- a number that could change.

In 2013, GoDaddy handled more than 11 billion domain name queries per day and hosted 8.5 million Web sites. The company also reported a loss of $199.9 million, although less than the $279.3 million loss it posted a year earlier, and revenue rose 24 percent. Still, Google's plans mostly likely will not have a positive effect on its "partner."

Trying to Help Small Biz

In its blog post, Google said that since it was looking at ways to help small businesses succeed online, it made sense to look more closely at the starting point of every business's online presence -- a Web site. And that starts with a domain name.

"We're beginning to invite a small number of people to kick the tires on Google Domains, a domain registration service we're in the process of building," Google said in the blog post. "Businesses will be able to search, find, purchase and transfer the best domain for their business -- whether it's .com, .biz, .org, or any of the wide range of new domains that are being released to the Web."

Although Google Domains isn't fully featured yet, the company is inviting a small group of people to buy and transfer domains through it and send feedback on their experiences. In addition to offering users a "simple, transparent experience," Google also wants to ensure its customer support and infrastructure works flawlessly.

The Internet giant's goal is to make Google Domains more widely available soon. To that end, it is working to ensure that the right additional services are in place, like mobile Web site creation tools and hosting services from a range of providers, as well as domain management support.

"We're working with some of the top Web site building providers like Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix.com to help make that happen," the blog post said.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY INTEREST YOU
ISACA® offers a global community of more than 115,000 IS/IT constituents in over 180 countries. We develop and deliver industry-leading certifications, education, research and business frameworks. We equip individuals to be leaders in the fast-changing world of information systems and IT - Learn More>
MORE IN SMALL BUSINESS
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

NETWORK SECURITY SPOTLIGHT
Sony is no stranger to breaches. Sony’s PlayStation Network was hacked in 2011 and attackers obtained 77 million user accounts. The latest attack comes against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

ENTERPRISE HARDWARE SPOTLIGHT
Doctor Who had K-9, the robot dog that accompanied him on adventures through space. Now, Mountain View has K5, a 5-foot-tall, 300-pound robot security guard patrolling in the Bay Area.

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT
Beleaguered handset maker BlackBerry is targeting iPhone users with an offer the company hopes they can’t refuse -- $550 to leave Apple and switch to the new BlackBerry Passport.

© Copyright 2014 NewsFactor Network, Inc. All rights reserved. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.