Google Domains sold to Squarespace in surprise exit from domain registration, on June 15, 2023, Google announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell Google Domains to Squarespace. The deal is expected to close in Q3 2023. Google Domains is “winding down following a transition period,” with Squarespace taking over the business and assets.
As part of the deal, Squarespace will acquire all of Google Domains’ assets, including its customer base of over 10 million domains. Squarespace will also become the exclusive domains provider for any customer purchasing a domain along with their Google Workspace subscription from Google directly for a minimum of three years.
Google Domains sold to Squarespace in Surprise exit from Domain Registration
The sale of Google Domains is a surprise move by Google, as the company had only launched the service in 2014. However, the sale is seen as a way for Google to focus on its core businesses, such as search and advertising.
It is unclear what the future holds for Google Domains under Squarespace ownership. However, Squarespace has a strong track record of providing reliable and affordable website hosting services, so it is likely that Google Domains customers will continue to be well-served.
Other Google’s apps and services recently terminated by Google can be find in their Google Graveyard.
Squarespace says it will “honor all existing Google Domains customers’ renewal prices for at least 12 months following the closing of the transaction,” which is expected to occur in Q3 2023. As such:
There is no immediate impact on your Google Domains account and there is nothing you need to do at this time. Once regulatory approvals are obtained and the transaction closes, you will become a customer of Squarespace, and your domain will be owned and, after a transition period, managed by Squarespace.Squarespa
Here are some of the reasons why Google might have sold Google Domains to Squarespace:
- Google is focusing on its core businesses, such as search and advertising.
- Google Domains was not a major revenue driver for Google.
- Squarespace is a leading website hosting company with a strong track record of customer service.
- The sale of Google Domains could help Google to improve its relationship with Squarespace, which is a reseller of Google Workspace.
Only time will tell how the sale of Google Domains to Squarespace will impact customers. However, it is likely that Google Domains customers will continue to be well-served by Squarespace.