Google Domains is a domain registration service offered by Google, which publicly launched in the United States on January 13, 2015. It is currently in the Beta stage.
Apart from domain registration, the service offers, at no additional cost, private domain registration, DNS hosting, dynamic DNS, domain forwarding and email forwarding to any Gmail address. Google Sites can be automatically configured as a website builder, but Google Domains also offer one-click configuration for Squarespace, Wix.com, Weebly and Shopify. Google also will connect the domain name to a Blogger blog if so chosen. As of June 2017 , Google Domains offer over 60 top-level domains.
On September 29, 2015, a former Google employee Sanmay Ved managed to buy the Google.com domain from Google via Google Domains, and gain full webmaster control. Google later acknowledged the purchase, and rewarded Ved with a sum of "more than 10000 [dollars]" who in turn requested that the reward be donated to charity. As a result, Google doubled the reward.
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