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Google Building a Domain Registration Service 69

Posted by timothy
from the opportunity-costs dept.
Graculus (3653645) writes with this excerpt from The Next Web: Google [on Monday] revealed that it is building a domain registration service called Google Domains. The product is still an early work in progress, so it's in invite-only beta for now. Google's small business-facing division decided to build the product because, according to its research, 55 percent of small businesses still don't have a website. Since the domain acts as a website's foundation, Google decided to do more to help companies get started with their online presence. While Google Domains won't include hosting, website building providers Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and Shopify have signed on as partners.
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Google Building a Domain Registration Service

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  • Google domains? (Score:1, Insightful)

    Google domains?
    Like sideburns on trains.
    Instead of smooth
    Too much friction remains
    Burma Shave
  • by StripedCow (776465) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @09:04AM (#47305255)

    While Google Domains won't include hosting, website building providers Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and Shopify have signed on as partners.

    I can already guess the next step: Google offering hosting and online website building.

  • by jzarling (600712) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @09:15AM (#47305325)
    WIX, and its other "partners" will soon be absorbed - their technical uniqueness will add to Google's own...
    • by ArcadeMan (2766669) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @09:50AM (#47305607)

      We are Google. Lower your lawyers and surrender your patents. We will add your workforce and technological knowledge to our own. Your company will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

    • I really hope no one ever considers buying Wix. Their sites are slow, entirely js-based, and generally ugly. But, I repeat myself.

      Google is unlikely to make more than one foray into that business sector. However, you forget that while they have made a number of acquisitions over the years, they don't have the best track record for continuing to operate either those services or their own.

      Oracle seems more the type to get into a market and gobble competitors. Microsoft is the type to "partner" with a company

  • New term (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @09:51AM (#47305613)

    I've got a new term I'd like to coin, to explain why I wouldn't use this service.
    It's called "Abgoogled"
    A combination of the words Abandoned and Google.

    Google has a tendency to offer services for a while, get distracted and then wander off, leaving its customers in a lurch. This has happened with dozens of google products.

    As such, I'll not be using Googles domain registry service because I fear that in a few years I'll get Abgoogled, and have to find a new registrar on short notice.

    Abgoogled - Abandon by Google when they stop providing a service you've grown dependent on.

    • Re:New term (Score:5, Funny)

      by decsnake (6658) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @11:57AM (#47306755) Homepage

      abgoogled doesn't really roll off the tongue. May I suggest goobandoned instead?

    • Google hyper-vacillates between creating new garbage that nobody wants, and retiring old garbage that people need.

      http://thenextweb.com/google/2... [thenextweb.com]

    • by iggymanz (596061)

      sa you yourself said, google usually lets free services go on for YEARS. so what if they drop it three or five years from now, then you go find someone else. I'm amused at people who are not paying customers who think google owes them something, and they whine when something provided for years gets culled. move on, it was nice while it lasted.

      • by chihowa (366380) *

        It's great if you're a cheapskate who feels like you've won if you got a $5/yr service free for five years. If your time is worth anything at all to you, or you're trying to establish some sort of reliable process that you don't have to fuck with on short notice, it's not such a great deal.

        What good is Google as an industry giant who will be around indefinitely if they have the attention span of a gnat?

        • by iggymanz (596061)

          you can pay money to google or their competitors and get service level agreements. if it's important, pony up

  • ..to the usual experience with many registrars where just trying to make a simple change gets you umteen blinky, opted-in signups for perpetual web services.

  • Seriously no one company should be allowed to control the internet in so many ways. Mybe its time for the publicly funded system like say a seach engine where its not controlled by any commercial or government entity (sorry I dont know how yet, just an idea)

  • Many small businesses are happy with a Facebook page.

    That gives them something to find in Google, to advertise online, to like and share, to post a nice picture and occasional updates, and to enter something in every context that requires an URL. And many additional services can also be set up at third party websites.

    Of course there is a drawback of depending on Facebook. But there are benefits in simplicity, reliability and social integration, and they often win for small business.

    Similarly, many hob

  • I'm still not quite sure I see the benefit other than the unwashed masses who use Go Daddy because of the TV ads will have a name they recognized just as much. And it says it won't include "hosting", does that just mean it won't do web site hosting, or does that mean DNS too? TFA mentions something about "100 e-mail addresses", so I guess it's going to at least include DNS.

    In the meantime, I'm sticking with my Swiss registrar (joker.com) because if anyone can stop people from messing with your domain regis

  • Buildings and lots all have addresses, assigned by the US Post Office if necessary. Highways and streets all have numbers or names or both.

    We all ought to have our own addresses on the Internet. No one thinks anything of having an IP address, and everyone who knows anything about the Internet realizes an address is necessary. Why aren't names accorded the same importance and privilege? We need stable addresses, and with dynamic IP, we don't have that. I don't like such vital connectivity being in the

  • This solidifies a fundamental shift in the way we use web sites:

    While Google Domains won’t include hosting, website building providers Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and Shopify have signed on as partners.

    So we have a domain registrar now, who only lets you use certain predefined hosting services. This is part of a trend:

    Computers used to be general purpose machines that could be used to create and run any software. Now, they are increasingly used to run only software sanctioned by the device manufacturer. Similarly, network software used to use standard W3C file transfer protocols, but instead they now integrate with proprietary file transfe

  • I'd love if they provided a service for individuals for personal use. Simple things like online gaming servers where you have a Dynamic IP address. It's annoying to try hosting a Terraria server or System Shock 2 when your have to share your IP address at the beginning of every session. DYNDNS.org used to offer free addresses for personal use.

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