Google has launched its domain registration service, Google Domains in India, albeit in beta. This was first spotted by Labnol. The search giant hasn’t made any noise about this yet, and the same reflects on the Google Domains site as well, where unlike other domain registration services, there are no special offers or discounts.

How it works?

As is the case with most other similar services, you first pick a domain name (the name of your website) and then the top-level domain (TLD), i.e., the .com, .in, etc domain ending. Following this, you can create a website via services like Blogger, Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly and Wix offered by Google. Some of the other features include custom email ID from G Suite and customisable sub-domains. Oh, and private registration is included in the cost of purchasing a domain, which essentially means that your postal address and phone number will be kept private in the public WHOIS database.

Users can also transfer an existing domain to Google Domains, or even between Google accounts.

Pricing

Google Domains is priced significantly higher than similar services currently operating in India. One of the most commonly used TLD, .com is priced at Rs 860 per year. Some of the other popular TLD choices in India are: .co.in priced at Rs 790 per year, .in priced at Rs 860 per year (note that .in domains do not allow private registration), .info priced at Rs 860 per year, and .org priced at Rs 860 per year among others.

Check out the entire list of supported domain endings and their corresponding prices here.

In comparison, for example, BigRock offers .com domains starting from Rs 99, .in domains from Rs 449 and .org domains from Rs 299. While, GoDaddy offers .com domains starting from Rs 99, .in domains from Rs 249, .org domains from Rs 269 and .info domains from Rs 179.

Payments will be processed through Google Payment Center, i.e., the stored payment details you use for Play Store or other Google services.

Google Domains also offers a shared domain management feature, which works similar to how you share a Google Doc with a colleague. You can add someone else as a collaborator for a particular domain and allow them to manage it on your behalf.

Google leaks WHOIS data

In March 2015, Google had accidentally leaked the complete hidden WHOIS data attached to over 282,000 domains registered through the company’s Google Apps for Work service. The bug accounted for 94% of the addresses Google Apps had registered through a partnership with eNom.

WHOIS is a query and response protocol that is used for querying databases that store the registered users of a domain name or an IP address block among other things. In this case, the personal data entered by users during domain registration was publicly displayed through whois queries instead of eNom’s placeholder info.