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.
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
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 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
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.
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!