Google has now branched out into the website creation and hosting business by partnering with Intuit.
The deal is free for one year. To qualify you have to provide a credit card. Why? Because after one year you are going to start seeing a $4.99/month charge. Free only lasts for so long.
Also, you get one month free support during your first year. If you have issues after the first month you must pony up $7.99 for "business lite" support.
My guess is there are lots of ups and extras, for extra money.
] How it works page, including a FAQ section as you scroll down explaining "how free works". Intuit's terms of service
[websites.intuit.com]. Worth a read. Lots of ups and extras and into your business in there.
So, if you're a hosting provider offering discount packages how do you feel about this? (It's being offered in all 50 U.S. States and Canada.)
Do you think the website packages are at all designed according to Intuit's partner - Google - input?
More data for Google? Instantly added to Google Places, etc?
Has anyone played with this offer?
Is this "deal" really about Google lending its brand to Intuit in order for Intuit to build a reliable rebillables business, with Google (likely) to profit by an "affiliate relationship". Something like Intuit keeps 70% and Google taking a 20-30% rake? [edited by: Webwork at 5:20 pm (utc) on Apr 2, 2012]
[edited by: phranque at 9:35 pm (utc) on Apr 2, 2012]