Google domains

South African Web developers can now register domain names directly through Google. The tech giant has finally rolled out its Google Domains service after seven years of being stuck in beta.

The service has been rolled out in 26 countries with the service only available in South Africa in Africa. Google says it already has millions of active registrations.

Currently, Google Domains allows users in 26 countries to pick from about 300 domain endings such as .com, .net, .org among others. The company says it is using its own infrastructure meaning users will have a high-performance DNS with access to around-the-clock customer support from real people. Google is offering a 20 percent with the code DOMAINS20 to users registering a new domain as well as for transfers to Google Domains.

Once you register a domain with Google Domains you’ll still need to create a website to use it with. Google suggests its Google sites, along with its premium partners  Wix, Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Bluehost.

Users can also transfer from their current domain name provider to Google Domains if their top-level domain name is supported.

Google Domains was originally released as an invite-only beta in June 2014, and then as a public beta in January 2015 in the United States.

The Google Domains website is already available and developers in the world can check domain availability but can’t checkout. Domains start from about Sh1,370 per year for a .com ending.

The best alternative as we wait for Google to avail its services is Lenasi cloud hosting. For developers, bloggers, and small businesses looking to purchase domain names and hosting, Lenasi is one the most affordable and reliable domain providers in the country, check out my full review here.

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