Google’s domain registration service entered public beta in January of 2015. It’s now exiting beta into general availability in 26 countries, and Google Domains is marking the occasion with a discount.
Google Domains, which has a nifty icon consisting of a dot and slash, says it has millions of active registrations and aims to be the “easiest place to find, buy and manage a domain.” Long beta periods are a hallmark of Google services, with Gmail’s lasting five years.
It offers over 300 domain endings and touts integration with other Google services, especially for business owners. For example, you don’t have to verify TXT records when integrating a website with Search Console, Google App Engine, or Cloud Run. There’s also the ability to add Workspace to a domain and use Google Sites or Blogger, as well as third-party services like Shopify, Squarespace, WIX, Bluehost, and Weebly.
In terms of reliability, it leverages the “same infrastructure used by Google,” including a “high performance DNS” and 24/7 support There’s also one-click DNSSEC to counter DNS spoofing and cache poison attacks. Contact information can also be kept private for free on WHOIS and RDAP. Other features include DNS record export if you want to move in the future.
Plans are available from $7/year, though .com starts at $12. Meanwhile, Google Domains is celebrating the “move out of beta” with a 20% discount (up to $5 off) on one domain registration or transfer-in using the code DOMAINS20. It’s available for new and returning users until April 15.
In the era of web host templates and UX design software, we come closer to the demise of Adobe Muse. Final update in 2018, to be fully discontinued in 2020. It was fun.
Adobe Muse is a type of website builder software that enables you to design your website rather than develop it. It enables users to create gorgeous, responsive websites without ever having to touch a line of code.
Perhaps the single most important consideration for anyone approaching a new type of software is how easy it is to learn. This is where Adobe Muse has a clear advantage over most of the web development software solutions out there.
Because it doesn’t require any code knowledge, you can jump in and start creating a website right away. The software itself has an intuitive interface – especially if you have previous experience using professional design programs such as Affinity Designer, CorelDRAW, and other Adobe apps of course.
Adobe Muse is a great fit for a wide variety of users. It’s a useful tool in the toolbox of advanced web developers that want to quickly assemble a functional website, small businesses that want to expand on their web presence, and individuals looking to create a portfolio or online resume.
Print designers, artists, and other visual professionals can use Adobe Muse to expand their services into the world of online media. Print designers in particular might look to transition into website design so that they can offer clients a more complete range of services. This will be an easy transition for print designers familiar with InDesign (a print app).