Is there such a thing as a free domain?

rama moorthy November 17, 2012
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So many hosting companies give out free domains, so that are really free? Or do you have to pay for it after a certain amount of time?

Which web hosting companies give out truly free domains?

  1. Sean A
    November 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Yes you can try [url]dot.tk[/url] they have a free example.tk domain service. The problem is even if the page is 1.0.0.4/products/dog/ the .tk address will still show up as example.tk. Since .co.cc is closed that is no longer an option. But getting a free com/net/org is only achievable with registrars giving these away on holiday's sales, and contests. They aren't free for anyone so someone has to collect the money.

  2. Ed Pacson
    November 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    You can get free domains without paying anything. Some of them are:
    1. http://www.webs.com
    - your site will be: yourname.webs.com
    2. webstarts.com
    3. dot.tk
    and other more...

    Of course these free domains have their own drawbacks though.
    For example,
    - Some domains only give a limited amount of bandwidth for your site (the site will go down if the bandwidth is consumed and will only be up once the bandwidth has been replenished at the end of the month).
    - Some limit the upload capability, making it difficult to upload videos or files that are larger than the limitation.
    - Another is that free users are only entitled to upload files ONE at a time while premium users can upload as may times as they like.
    - Of course, your website will have a footer (or header) advertising the website that offered you a free domain.
    - Finally, there are some free domain givers that will terminate your site if no one accesses it for a certain period of time.

    Cheers!

  3. Muo TechGuy
    November 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Why bother? A .com from Godaddy costs as little as $7.

  4. Angela Williams
    November 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    weebly is a free website builder great for beginners

  5. Boni Oloff
    November 18, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I think you just try to buy your own domain name, since you can do whatever you want with it. Even you dont like the hosting provider anymore, you still can change everything as you want.

  6. Erlis Dhima
    November 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Some companies, yes!
    They give the domain for free. Usually for a year! So, if you pay the price of the server for a year, you probably will get a domain for a year! But, probably it will be better if you check the details in the official page of the company you plan to pay for the server!

  7. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Yes, you can with co.nr or .tk. Both are free. I've used co.cc, and it only wants you to link back to their site. Not very pretty but good alternative nonetheless. There are also domains like biz.nf that gives you free domain if you sign up to its (also free) web hosting service. Co.cc used to be good but it has been down for a while now. You need to renew the domain name after some interval (from one month to one year). Also, with co.nr, your domain will be erased if no one use it for two weeks. That's pretty short so watch out. Some domain name would be free with ads, and so on. Nothing is completely, honest to goodness free.

    • Douglas Mutay
      November 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

      I have checked .tk but it's looking like they are offering free domain but you need to link your domain to an existing website. Is that the way it should be working???

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        November 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        It's called URL redirection, meaning your website should still be in its original place and the custom domain name will point to the old address, but you can use the domain name as your primary address with the setting provided by the service you use. For example, I have an astronomy club forum in Zetaboards, then I'll use the board setting to use the new name as its primary address. Domain name will not host your website.

        • Douglas Mutay
          November 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

          Ok, got it now. I thought they will also host the website. Thank you

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          November 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

          You're not entirely wrong. Many hosting service (free or paid) will also give you custom domain name.

        • Douglas Mutay
          November 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

          Thank you. So what is the benefice of using such kind of service if it will point again to a domain name that will still have the web hosting name?

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          November 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

          You might want different name, for example if your host give you second or third level domain, or you want alternative, shorter name. Back to my forum, the real address is painfully long so I use co.cc to give it short, easy to remember address.

        • Douglas Mutay
          November 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

          Yes, I can see the benefit with the example you give as to shorten the name of a domain and make it easy to remember. Thanks for your that!

  8. Nikhil Chandak
    November 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Yes , there is such a thing as free domain

  9. Jan Fritsch
    November 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Yes and no.

    If the domain is part of a web space or hosting plan then you usually have two types:
    (a) financed via the package price ("free")
    (b) free for the first year, payment required from there on

    If the domain is stand-alone, not part of any plan or package it usually has drawbacks, for example:
    - limited features (URL masking or forwarding only)
    - no custom DNS entries
    - advertising

    For third-level domains (yourname.example.com) it differs from provider to provider but usually they are "free".
    A lot of domain registries allow an unlimited or a very high (1000 and more) number of sub-domains. So if someone owns the domain "example.com" this person can give away e.g. 1000 domains like "xyz.example.com".

    The only second-level domain I know of that is free is ".tk"
    http://www.dot.tk/
    Their drawback is that you register the domain for 1-12 months and have to renew it in the last 15 days of that period.

    • Rob Hindle
      November 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      A drawback of 3rd level domains is that you are at the mercy of the owner of the second level. If he decides offering third level was a bad idea or doesn't renew his second level you are screwed. That can happen whether you pay for 3rd level or if it's free.
      It's vastly less likely that the same will happen with a second level domain but not impossible. I don't recall the details but quite a long time back one of those tiny island nations had allowed an entrepreneur to have control of their country code top level domain but fell into dispute with him when they realised he was making loads of money from it and they weren't getting much so they withdrew it. Loads of websites were then inaccessible.
      The safest approach is spend the few dollars a year necessary to get a name under a "respectable" top level domain like com, org (or within the domain of a country like UK, Germany etc, as appropriate to your location)

  10. Rob Hindle
    November 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I missed part of your question. Yes some hosting companies give out free domains and you are right, there's a catch.

    That may be that they will add adverts to your website or the domain name may be free on condition that you pay for their web/email services or it may be free for year one then revert to full price.

    • Nancy Messieh
      November 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      The only catch with .tk domains is that you have to generate a certain amount of traffic but they're definitely ad free. They're also not limited by a certain time period either as far as I know - you just have to manually renew them so you don't lose the domain.

  11. Rob Hindle
    November 17, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Yes, you can get free domain names in the .tk or co.nr registries (and possibly .cc, need to check).

    However in reality there's no such thing as free. Read the small print very carefully.

    They are likely to cause future problems. For example if you break their rules in some way, maybe you don't renew exactly on time they may reclaim the domain, use it for advertising (as they hope you've got users visiting the site and maybe a Google listing) and only let you have it back for a fee.

  12. CyprusLifeInPictures
    November 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I have a free site that's been continually free with weebly.com - in fact, I have more than one site there but one of them I chose to buy and register the domain name for one of my sites as I run it as a small business. It looks more professional with my .com extension.

    If you take a free site with weebly your domain name will look something like this http://yoursitename.weebly.com

  13. Avinash mishra
    November 17, 2012 at 7:48 am

    There are ofcourse free domain available like .tk or .co.cc . you can google about it and get it.
    Also hosting companies provide free domains, you will have to pay for the hosting charges but not for the domain, its free. Its a strategy by hosting companies to expand their business.
    have a look at bigrock web-hosting site, its really cool.
    http://www.bigrock.in/

    • Shinichi S
      November 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

      co.cc domains are not recommended if you want your web site to be listed in google search results since google are now blocking all co.cc domains.

      • Roshin idi
        December 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        co.cc aren't even up anymore.

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