Free Domains

Getting something for nothing sounds great but it is worth considering the pros and cons of free domains and whether they will meet your requirements. If everything goes wrong you won't lose financially but you may feel "cheated" and feel that you have wasted your time having a free domain name.

Let's look first at some of the popular free domain names and their providers

Free Domains provided without free hosting

Freenom

This Dutch company in partnership with the national governments of the countries concerned offers the following free domain names:

Once registered these domains can be forwarded to the web address of your choice or name server details can be set to your webspace to enable you to create your website

EU.org

European site offering .eu.org and .xx.eu.org subdomains (where xx =country two letter code eg uk=united kingdom).

Azote

French language site offering free .fr.nf (Norfolk Island), .asso.st (São Tomé and Príncipe), .ze.cx (Christmas Island), .infos.st, .biz.st subdomains

 

Free Domains provided including free hosting

Biz.nf

When you register for a free webhosting package you also receive up to 3 free .co.nf subdomain names

FreehostingEU

When you register for a free webhosting package you also receive up to 5 free .eu5.net/eu3.org/eu3.biz subdomain names

Free Web Hosting Area.com

Choice of 10 subdomains - coolpage.biz, freeoda.com, freetzi.com, freevar.com, orgfree.com, noads.biz, ueuo.com, 6te.net, eu5.org, xp3.biz

ZZZ.com.ua

Ukranian site offering free .zzz.com.ua, .adr.com.ua, .kl.com.ua domain names. Can register up to 3 free domains (sub-domains) and have 2 e-mail accounts. Site available in English.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

Cons:

 

Further reading:

Freenom - Opinions

Forum thread discussing Freenom

.cf Domain name (wikipedia)

.gq Domain name (wikipedia)

.ga Domain name (wikipedia)

.ml Domain name (wikipedia)

.tk Domain name (wikipedia)

.nf Domain name (wikipedia)

.st Domain name (wikipedia)

.cx Domain name (wikipedia)

.ua Domain name (wikipedia)

 

Recommendations:

Do not use free domains for long term or commercial business websites. Restrict use of freedomains such as the above for personal websites or for test websites before commiting to purchasing a domain. However considering the low cost of domains it would be worthwhile to buy a regular domain.

Biz.nf do offer an attractive free package including domain name and free hosting which could be considered suitable for a "hobby" website. It depends whether you already have a professional paid-for webhosting package which permits unlimited add-on domains. If you had such a package then there might not be a need for free hosting.

 

Michael Fowler

 

Other articles by Michael Fowler:

Free E-Mail
Discussion of the inadequacies of isp e-mail addresses and the free e-mail alternatives available.

Free Hosting
The Pros and Cons of using free hosting. A review of the free hosting available in the early days of the internet (1990 - 2000) and the free hosting options available today.

Hosting Reviews
A listing of leading website hosting companies with links to Review centre and Trust Pilot reviews

 

Notes: Potential Communications does not receive payments from any of the companies mentioned on this page