The initiative, dubbed ‘India, Get Your Business Online’, would provide Indian businesses tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their businesses. India is the nineteenth country where Google has launched the service.
With this initiative, Google plans to introduce 500,000 SMBs to the online world in the next three years. According to Google, India is home to an estimated eight million SMBs, but only about 400,000 have websites.
Indian SMBs can log on to www.indiagetonline.in to register for the initiative and get their free domain name. They would, however, need to furnish an identification documents like..
1- Permanent account number
2- tax deduction account number
3- Corporate identification number
SMBs would be allowed to use the tool to get a free, easy-to-build website and web hosting for one year, and this would be powered by web host firm HostGator. HostGator is partnering Google for the initiative. The web firm would also offer free support in creating, hosting and managing the website for a year without any cost, through its toll-free call centres.
Businesses often believe that getting online is too complex, costly and time-consuming. This perception prevents many SMBs from taking the first step towards building an online presence. Google India and HostGator plan to change that through this initiative.
After the first year, SMBs would have to pay a nominal charge if they wish to renew their domain name.