Register with Google

Another new service from Google. Could more “business” services be on the horizon? Word from several sources that Big G is now an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar. Google will be able to register domain names in seven top-level domains (TLDs) including .com, .net, .org, .biz., info, .name and .pro.

Yahoo has offered domain name registration since May 2000 (in conjunction with Network Solutions) and currently charges $4.98/year to register a domain for one year. Yahoo also offers web-site hosting via their Yahoo! Small Business.

The Netcraft article: Google Is Now A Domain Registrar, offers more details and speculates that Google might be considering a domain name registration/web hosting service for Blogger users.

UPDATE: An article from The Register includes a comment from Google as to why they became a registrar.

The reason it paid a $2,500 application fee and $6,500 to cover six top-level domains is that it “wants to get a better understanding of the domain name system [and so] increase the quality of our search results”. The email address it gives with relation to its new registrar status is

The article also mentions that Google has no plans “at the moment” to begin selling domains.

We also have discussion going in our forums here: Google becomes Domain Name Registrar.

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