Saturday, July 4, 2015

Free Domain Name Registration - Facts To Consider

You actually desire a free domain name registration but you don't know how to go about it - you are at the right place and at the right time. While it is possible for you to register a domain for free, you need to know the distinctions among free domains available on the internet so that you will be able to identify the right one for you.

There are free sub-domains and you know the meaning of 'sub' - subordinate. For example, 'pasta.food.com' is a subordinate of  'food.com', hence, once you get this type of a domain, you are only getting a part of it. Even though sub-domains are free for a lifetime, there are restrictions to how they are used. For instance, you don't get access to the DNS, there are lots of adverts placed on your site indiscriminately, there may be restrictions in bandwidth usage, file storage, etc, the free service can be stopped at anytime and so on.

Moreover, there are some domain extensions that are free for life and not sub-web spaces. Examples of such extensions are .tk, .ga, .cf, .ml, just to mention a few. Investigations showed that these extensions are country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) but the designated countries allow worldwide registration. However, the restriction in this type of deal is that your name will not appear on the Whois record as the registrant of the site but that of the company giving you the free domain or its subsidiary. Even though you will have access to the DNS, there are certain things you cannot do, e.g., transferring the site to another person.

You can also get free .com, .net, .biz, etc., on the internet with full access but the process is quite different. You will need to purchase a web hosting package from a company that offers free domain names and you have succeeded in playing smart. The Whois record will show your name, you will have full access to the DNS (but you can't transfer the domain in the first year), you can create many sub-domains and so on. The only thing you need to know in addition is that you will need to renew the name every year. That means it is only free for the first year, subsequent years' renewal must be paid for - I'm sure you get the logic.





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