There is a lot of Buzz and news all over the Internet about Google’s initiative to help small businesses in India by offering freebies like a domain name, website and hosting..all for freeeeee..
There are few catches – here are some of them – taken from their ‘FAQ‘ pages
> Your free domain can only be a ‘.IN’ domain. Wonder why. Is it because they only cost something like 80 bucks (rupees), as compared to a .COM that costs nearly Rs.400
> You cannot get this offer for an existing website, that you may already have -no free hosting for existing website!
> You cannot take your ‘FREE’ .IN domain and host it elsewhere for the first year atleast – stuck with the hosting company for the first year!
> Personalised Customer service – really wonder how people feel about talking to agents about their website on a ‘1-800′
Press ‘1’ for design, ‘2’ for ‘how to check email’… ’50’ for ‘how to view website statistics’ !!
Self-service in India – may work in ‘darshini’ hotels and take-away restaurants, but websites – i am not too sure!
A website after all today is not about just having one, and raving about it. But in ensuring that it has great content, a creative design & SEO to help you get sales enquiries. A real world web designer or design company can offer the kind of personalised service required for this industry, to ensure that a business can get online and stay online for 12 months or 12 years – don’t matter!