An Endurance International Group (EiG) news flash is making the rounds declaring that Google Domains has selected Bluehost to provide WordPress hosting solutions to both new and existing customers. The puff piece touts Bluehost's unique architecture offering customers proven performance, reliability and functionality for running a WordPress site.
WordPress is one of the most popular online publishing platform available and currently powers over 25 percent of the web so many SMB have come to rely on WordPress for their business websites. A recent SMB Trust Index cited WordPress as the most trusted brand for small businesses.
This latest Bluehost offering extends the relationship between Endurance and Google and reflects both companies' joint efforts to get small businesses online and help them grow. The declaration goes on to state that Google Domains customers can now link their domains and create new accounts from Bluehost’s website.
Endurance CEO & Founder, Hari Ravichandran says:
“Bluehost and Endurance have worked closely with WordPress.com's parent company, Automattic, for years now to ensure our web hosting platform would seamlessly run WordPress websites. We're honored to begin working with Google Domains to make it easier for small business customers to get online and manage their online presence”.
This isn’t the first time Google has got in bed with Endurance International having partnered with another EiG brand, StartLogic, for their “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” initiative.
Google Domains is the domain name registrar launched in 2014 by Google. (editor’s note: Like many of Google’s pet projects, you never know what’s a keeper. At this point Google Domains is still in “beta”).
Google Domains is strictly a domain registrar for claiming, registering, and managing domain names. They do not offer services such as hosting although Google does separately offers email and business services through Google Apps, gmail, etc. Google makes its money through adverts so naturally they have a vested interest in making “getting online” simpler & less daunting for small and/or less tech-savvy businesses.
Google Domains endeavors to be simple and transparent so you’ll notice their homepage is so minimalist that it’s nearly blank. Google Domains focus is on doing one thing and one thing only – domains so the design has no upsells, no cross-sells and no visual clutter. And no adverts!
When you need to point your domain to a host or website builder, it’s all there in a single place. When an option is chosen, the user is provided with further options eg: “to start your trial with Bluehost and your Google domain, follow the instructions below or go to Bluehost site. That said, Google Domains provides easy integration for Google web tools (Blogger, Google App Engine, Google Sites), Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, or any other third-party web hosting provider.
Google Domains maintains a single price for each top level domain (TLD) and is not the cheapest out there. They are pricing is slightly more expensive per year than companies like NameCheap and they don’t offer short-term first year discounts like GoDaddy. Google Domains does bundle Privacy Protection with all their domains whereas many companies would have this option as an upsell.
Google Domains allow people the option to register a very inclusive list of top-level domains. (editor’s note: everything from A to Z… dot academy is $30, dot accountants will set you back $120, dot zone is also $30.. dot coms are $12. Google Domains don’t have the sink but they do have dot kitchen)
What Google Domains does not have is country designated TLDs. It’s a US-only service and has only “generic” TLDs. If you want a .co.uk or .ie domain – you’ll be out of luck. If you don’t live in the US.. yeah you’re out of luck also although there is an option to get notified if and when this changes. Google Domain does have some support options but Google is not exactly known for being the best in the industry. (editor’s note: never clicked on the links… might just go to the Google search page!)
Most hosting companies offer domain registration and SSL certificates. Many webhosts, including BlueHost, include one free domain along with the hosting purchase.
Bluehost's WordPress solutions are built on an innovative platform which offers instant WordPress provisioning, automatic upgrades, Jetpack, MOJO Marketplace, as well as powerful security features and more.
Bluehost hosts over 2 million WordPress websites, supports full-time WordPress Core developers on staff and has been recommended by WordPress.org since 2005. Bluehost experts are available to offer customers 24/7 WordPress support, one-click installation and access to custom WordPress tools to scale their website presence as they grow.
About Endurance International Group
An incomplete list of Endurance's (EiG) brands include A Small Orange (ASO), Apollo Hosting, Arvixe, BigRock, BizLand, BlueDomino, Bluehost, Dollar2Host, Domain.com, DomainHost, Dotster, easyCGI, eHost, EntryHost, FastDomain, FatCow, FreeYellow, Globat, HostCentric, HostClear, HostGator, HostMonster, HostYourSite, HyperMart, IMOutdoors, Intuit Websites, iPage, iPower, iPowerWeb, StartLogic, JustHost, MyDomain, MyResellerHome, NetFirms, Networks Web Hosting, Nexx, PowWeb, PureHost, ReadyHosting, Saba-Pro, SEO Hosting, Site5, Spry, SuperGreen Hosting, USANetHosting, Verio, VirtualAvenue, VPSLink, WebHost4Life, Webstrike Solutions, and Xeran.