Now you can get your own website and Indian .in domain from Google India team (in partnership with ICICI Bank and Hostgator) site free by logging into indiagetonline.in. Earlier too, Google allowed you to make sites and webpages in a wiki like format for anyone from Google Sites. But this time Google is mainly targeting small and medium size local businesses for example a north Indian printing business and another garment exporters.
This is not the first time Google India is concentrating on Indian local market. Previously also they have invited businesses to add themselves in local search. Invitations were also sent to companies for free listing in Google Maps. But this time they have gone a step further offering free benefits up to an year for the hesitant business owners.
Here are the few questions and their answers if you are interested to join "e India Get Online "e program:
#. What will you get?
You will get a free .in domain, that is name of the site provided it is available and a free web hosting for aN year.
#. What’s the catch?
You will have either to submit Permanent Account Number (PAN) or Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN) during registration. This step is compulsory and only to confirm that each business can have only one site and that you are an Indian citizen.
In addition, the team has not specified how much they will charge after aN year because at that time you will have to renew site domain name and web hosting space.
#. Will you need any technical expertise? Who is going to design the site?
Nope. The process seems feasible and anyone with fair knowledge on internet can make the website. Google has already provided a set of readymade good quality site templates, from which you can pick any one based on your business profile. However if you need complete control and other customizations, you should hire an expert. [Even I can help you for minor changes and customizations from the Gtricks Forum]
#. Any additional Goodies?
Now since your business is getting setup with help from Google, it automatically becomes eligible to use Google Apps services. You will get free access to products like Google Analytics, Google Docs, Gmail and more.
#. Anything you should be worried about?
Nothing much. It is just that no future cost have been specified. I assume it would be nearly $20 or Rs.1000 per year. Read more terms and conditions here.
Head now to India Get Online to register your business and get a website for free.