Domain Names by Google, A Quick Review

Google; the search engines’ king, is now into the internet domain names reselling and registration. The ‘now’ may not be exactly appropriate because according to Wikipedia, Google Domains; as the service is called, was launched on 13th January 2015 in the United States, but is according to the same Wikipedia page, still in Beta stage.

Beta is used by developers to identify a product that they are happy to put out for the public to test run and report any bugs which can then be corrected. In this quick review of domain names by Google, I will give you a run-through of what this service is all about.

This review is purely for informational purposes. No referral fees have been received from Google for the information shared herein.

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The Options

Although still in Beta stage, this service offers over 200 top-level domains (TLDs) or name endings as Google prefers to call them. At the time of publishing this review, there were 273 possible options to choose from. TLDs ending in A, B and C by far seem to be the most popular, while those ending in J, L, V and Z seem to be the rarest. The full listing follows.

A to C
.academy .accountants .actor .agency .airforce .apartments .app .army .associates .attorney .auction .band .bargains .bike .bingo .biz .boutique .builders .business .ca .cab .cafe .camera .camp .capital .cards .care .careers .cash .casino
.catering .cc .center .chat .charity .cheap .church .city .claims .cleaning .clinic .clothing .club .co .co.in .co.nz .co.uk .coach .codes .coffee .com .com.mx .community .company .computer .condos .construction .consulting .contractors .cool .coupons .credit .creditcard .cruises

D to F
.dance .dating .deals .degree .delivery .democrat .dental .dentist .design .dev .diamonds .digital .direct .directory .discount .dog .domains .education .email .energy .engineer .engineering .enterprises .equipment .estate .events .exchange .expert .exposed .express .fail .family .fan .farm .finance .financial .fish .fitness .flights .florist .football .forsale .foundation .fr .fun .fund .furniture .futbol .fyi

G to I
.gallery .games .gifts .gives .glass .gmbh .gold .golf .graphics .gratis .gripe .group .guide .guru .haus .healthcare .hockey .holdings .holiday .hospital .host .house .how .immo .immobilien .in .industries .info .ink .institute .insure .international .investments .irish .io

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J to L
(no listing under K)
.jetzt .jewelry .jp .kaufen .kitchen .land .lawyer .lease .legal .life .live .llc .loans .ltd .lighting .limited .limo

M to O
.maison .management .market .marketing .mba .me .media .memorial .moda .money .mortgage .movie .navy .mx .net .network .news .ninja .online .org

P to R (no listing under Q)
.page .partners .parts .photography .photos .pictures .pizza .plumbing .plus .press .productions .properties .pub .pw .recipes .rehab .reise .reisen .rentals .repair .report .republican .restaurant .reviews .rocks .rip .run

S to U
.sale .salon .sarl .school .schule .services .shoes .shopping .show .singles .site .soccer .social .software .solar .solutions .soy .space .store .studio .style .supplies .supply .support .surgery .systems .tax .taxi .team .tech .technology .tennis .theater .tienda .tips .tires .today .tools .tours .town .toys .training .university .us

V to Z (no listings under X and Y)
.vacations .ventures .vet .viajes .video .villas .vin .vision .voyage .watch .website .wiki .wine .works .world .wtf .zone

The Pricing

The pricing for Google Domains ranges from a low of $9 per year for the .pw TLD to a high of $320 for the .movie TLD as at the time of writing this review. A large percentage of the pricing is below theh $100 mark. Those above that mark are .loans .energy .credit .host .gold .reise .tires .accountants .casino .creditcard and .movie. It is clear that the services associated with high revenues clearly follow the same trend when it comes to their similarly named TLDs. The most popular TLDs; .com .org and .net, all go for $12.

What it includes

For the price you pay according to your preferred TLD, your domain name includes;

  • Privacy protection: With this option enabled, your contact information will not appear in WHOIS database searches by default
  • Google 2-Step Verification and DNSSEC: Your account is protected by both your password and phone. DNSSEC Domain Name System (DNS) SECurity feature that prevents attackers from manipulating response from your rightful DNS host.
  • Secure and reliable Google Cloud DNS: Your domain name is hosted on the same infrastructure as Google with accompanying benefits.
  • Domain and subdomain forwarding: Enables you to direct your domain name (e.g. domainname.site) and subdomain (e.g. store.domainname.site) to an existing URL (e.g. existingurl.site)
  • Email forwarding: Forward email from your new domain to an already existing email address you regularly use for ease of management
  • 24/7 Customer support: An advisor is available to answer your queries twenty four hours a day seven days a week

Availability

Whereas Google’s other services are available in almost every corner of the world, Google Domains can only be purchased in 15 supported countries. These include; Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam.

Your country is automatically detected from the address listed in the Google account used at the time of purchasing the domain. However, you have the option of manually choosing your billing address to be different from your Google account address. This way, you can make use of a billing address in any of the 15 supported countries.

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It all comes down to personal preference

At the end of the day, where you purchase your domain name from comes down to personal preference. I have read certain reviews that bash the giant resellers for slow response to customer queries or that lack of personalized response that we customers love.

That notwithstanding, not many resellers offer more than 50 TLDs. Google Domains as mentioned above offers 273 TLDs or name endings as at the time of publishing this article. With such a broad range to choose from, you can go as fancy or unconventional as your budget permits.

My personal choice is Wealthy Affiliate‘s SiteDomains platform with its no-frills layout, helpful tutorials and great Customer Support. The fact that all domain name purchases at Wealthy Affiliate will include unlimited domain-specific email addresses at no extra charge is another added advantage. Most registrars will always want to charge you extra for domain-specific email address with every purchase you make. I also like Wealthy Affiliate‘s upfront consistent domain pricing and renewal costs. Most registrar’s will offer you a domain name at a pretty low cost for the first year but subsequent renewals are not guaranteed to come cheap.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this brief review. Whatever reseller you choose for your next purchase, please leave a comment below. Good hunting!

 

16 thoughts on “Domain Names by Google, A Quick Review”

  1. Oh I didn’t know Google is now selling domain names. They are really trying to get their hands into everything, aren’t they? Will this go the same way as many of their failed projects like Google Plus? And if it ever fails, what will happen to the domain names bought? Something to consider, don’t you agree?

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    • Oh yes they are! I don’t know if it will quite go the same way as other projects seeing as it’s been at Beta Stage for quite while… I hope that in the event that they choose to discontinue the service, domain owners will be given a window within which they can transfer their domains to other hosts.

      Thanks for the comment Timotheus.

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  2. I didn’t know Google is also selling domains for 4 years now? I will check them out if ever I have plans to build another website. Thanks for the information.

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  3. Hi Mark,
    I wasn’t aware that Google sold domains as well. Though it doesn’t surprise me, haha.
    I wonder why it’s been in Beta for so long? Are they deciding if it’s financially worth it to move forward? Or maybe their platform is too buggy? All concerns if anyone plans to use them.
    I agree with your recommendation to use SiteDomains with Wealthy Affiliate. I have used this service many times without any problems. And the service is exceptional.
    Cheers,
    Suzanne

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    • Hi Suzanne,

      Firstly I must agree that Wealthy Affiliate’s support is great. Hands down 🙂

      Google’s certainly got the resources to test projects over an extended period of time and you put forward interesting pointers as to why. My take is they are probably still weighing how strategic a resource domains are/will be before taking the full plunge.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  4. Thanks for this intriguing. So although probably the best example of a company building a following, reputation, and commanding market segment. through sale of Beta products was Microsoft in its early days, I see that as little justification for helping another corporate giant line its pockets by jumping on this wagon currently. It is surprising that it has been Beta for 5 years, perhaps they forgot about it LoL

    Hamish

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    • Lol! That’s an interesting pointer right there Hamish, thanks for chipping in. Well, whatever their reasons for leaving it in Beta for all this time, they’re surely going all out by listing a whooping 273 possible Top Level Domains (TLDs) to choose from. Let’s watch the space carefully for the next steps.

      We are Blessed.

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  5. Hey there Mark,

    I have been seeing lots of domains with another name endings different from the most common .com .org and .net. 

    I didn’t know that Google had launched this beta platform and I see it’s available in Italy. I’ll go and check it out myself.

    Thank you very much for this informative post.

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    • Hey and thanks for your comment Paolo. I’m glad that you found the post informative. Thankfully, this is an activity we can undertake without breaching any Government guidelines in the current state of affairs.
      All the best as your explore the over 200 possibilities of extensions that Google offers. Stay Safe.

      We are Blessed. 

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  6. Hello Mark,

    This is an awesome review and i did not know google had a domain service till i came across this.

    Sadly it is not supported in my country but thanks for the tip on the billing address. I would really love one Top Level domains ending in .com

    Thanks for an awesome piece.

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    • Hello and thanks too for your comment. Glad that you found the piece informative and awesome. Sorry to hear that the service is not available in your country but thankfully, you seek a .com which TLD is widely available with other resellers. All the best with your purchase.

      We are Blessed.

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  7. what a nice review we have here,google domain names hmm how authentic can these be? back in those years all we heard about in advertisement was Beta,but since google domain has been working with Beta for almost 4yrs now i think the domains are real,and besides i’d recommend google domain names since they are easier to get.

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    • Thanks Wilson. I don’t know why Google has left this in Beta for some time but we all know they run so many projects concurrently. However, what I can say is all domain resellers offer a real product. The purchaser can always choose to transfer to an alternative host at any one time.

      We are Blessed.

      Reply

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