May 18, 2020

How To Get A Domain Name For Free

By Ashish Sharma

As you have already learnt about How to start a blog for free and where to find a free web hosting service , its time to solve the final piece of the puzzle , i.e. How To Get A Domain Name For Free.

Chances are, that you signed for a blog hosting service (like wordpress , wix or blogger) or got a free hosting service (like bytehost or hostinger), then you already have a free subdomain. And now you are searching for a real domain because – let’s face it, a real domain ts just better and more professional than a free sub domain.

So, How To Get A Domain Name For Free ?

A real domain (TLD- Top Level Domain) is of two types –

  1. gTLD – Generic Top Level Domains
  2. ccTLD – Country Code Top Level Domains

How to Register a gTLD for free – Generic Top Level Domains for absolutely free is not possible at this moment because they are much more valuable and no registrar wants to give them for free.

Although you may find some offers now and then where a gTLD is given for free along with the purchase of other products like web hosting under extended contract.We will talk about these offers in some other post.

Registering a ccTLD domain for free is possible as some cc Domain registrars have allowed their domains to be registered for free.There are two types of service platforms (similar) who allow you to register domains for free.

1.Freenom.com – How To Get A Domain Name For Free

They claim to be world’s first and only free domain provider. And that’s true if you count dot.tk as their evil twin !

So here is why they give a domain for free –

With the free domain model, partner countries can offer their local internet population the tools to get online quickly and at no cost. This proven and innovative model dramatically encourages the creation of local content and stimulates the registrar.

All Freenom partners benefit from our 12 years of experience and receive the latest DNS technology. Upon request, Freenom will also organize a comprehensive Competency Transfer Program and provide advice on organizing the national registrar industry.

Following cc Domains are free (maximum 1 year , then you have renew for free or paid)

  • .TK – is the Internet country code top-level domain for Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific
  • .ML – is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Mali. The domain was initially managed by Sotelma, a Malian telecommunications company.
  • .GA – .ga is the country code top-level domain for Gabon(Gabon, a country along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa,).Actual use: takes place for any organization declared in Gabon. Also popular as a general-purpose domain
  • .CF – .cf is the Internet country code top-level domain for the Central African Republic
  • .GQ – .gq is the country code top-level domain for Equatorial Guinea.

Pros of these freenom free domain names –

  1. These are actual Domain Names
  2. Professional looking
  3. easy to remember.

Cons of Freenom free domain names –

  1. NOT owned by you.
  2. As free , most of them are considered spam and useless for SEO
  3. If your name gets even a little bit famous , they will charge (whatever) for renewal. And you end up loosing it or paying for a shitty extension.

So get a freenom domain for free ONLY if-

  1. You really want one for free
  2. Maybe for learning or trial or a side project.
  3. Choose a non typical name that no one will want.
  4. Don’t even dare to make that domain famous.Keep yourself under the radar of enemy.

2. dot.TK – How To Get A Domain Name For Free

It’s the evil Twin of freenom and almost identical one ! Nothing more to tell about it.

3.How To Get A Domain Name For Free (well almost free !)

Many registrars keep coming with offers with gTLD s especially .com domains and the newly introduced gTLDs (.online .club .xyz .blog …) Try searching google for it – like cheap domain name registration

I found one for you. Register a .XYZ domain for almost free here ($0.18)-

 

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