Google to Sell Domain Names

Google is partnering with GoDaddy.com and eNom to add domain
registration services to its Google Apps for Your Domain product.

GoDaddy President and COO Warren Adelman told
internetnews.com he had to take the fifth on whether Google
will make a cameo appearance in any Super Bowl commercials this year.

In the meantime, Google said in a statement that it plans to charge
customers $10 per domain, per year. It’s a price that includes
private registration to protect personal information.

Ten dollars per year is about four dollars less than what GoDaddy.com
currently charges for private registration, but Adelman said he isn’t
worried the deal will undercut his company’s business.

“We see this growing the overall market awareness and market
importance of the domain name,” Adelman said.

Google said it supports .com, .org, .net, .biz and .info. and that it expects to support more over time.

When users register their domain, Google will automatically configure
it with the services available through Google Apps for Your Domain.

As internetnews.com previously reported, Google Apps for Your Domain
includes tools for communicating and collaborating in the enterprise,
such as Gmail Web e-mail, instant messaging, voice calling and
collaborative calendaring.

In November, Google added a new
start page based on Google’s Custom Home Page to the Apps product.
The service also includes Web page design, publishing and hosting via
Google Page Creator.

The standard Google Apps for Your Domain package also includes 2 gigabytes of e-mail storage for
each user, customization tools and help for administrators via e-mail
or an online help center.

Most of the applications included in Google Apps for Your Domain
sport a Google search bar, but Google has not announced plans to
split advertising revenues with domain owners.

Google became an accredited registrar with the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2005, paying a
$2,500 initial application fee and $7,000 accreditation fee to access
the database of .com, .net., .org, .pro, .info, .name and .biz
extensions.

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