Google Domains, the company’s domain registration service, is losing the beta tag after launching more than seven years ago, Google announced Tuesday. The service is now generally available in 26 countries, and the company says it already has “millions of active registrations”.
If you sign up with Google Domains, you can choose from over 300 different domain endings, get access to “high performance DNS” (Google says it’s the same infrastructure it uses for itself), “always on customer support from real people”, and more. The company is also offering a 20% discount on “any single domain registration or transfer to Google Domains” for new and returning users with the code DOMAINS20.
However, if you register a domain with Google Domains, you will still need to create a website to use with it. Not surprisingly, Google suggests its Google Sites product, but also recommends its “premium partners” including Wix, Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Bluehost.
Google Domains has been in development for a while – it first launched in an invite-only beta in June 2014 and was opened to a public beta in the US in January 2015. Even Gmail wasn’t in beta for as long.