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    looking for free domain name

    Any free to sign up domain name provider that entitle me a standard website domain name?

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    Many web hosts will give you a free domain name when you sign up for hosting.

    But.... I prefer to keep my domains separate from my host. They're less then $10 a year so no big deal imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maartenvr View Post
    Many web hosts will give you a free domain name when you sign up for hosting.
    They do that by adding an extra amount onto the hosting charge.
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    Domain is so cheap nowadays that cost only around $10 per year. Don't bother trying to find a free domain name as the time consumed is not worth it

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    hi,
    i think the reality out there is no one gives u free Domain names, i can recommed http://www.tucktail.com/ which gives domain names for less than 2$

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    You can get that as bonus from web hosting provider. As for the annual subscription as for the reseller accounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    They do that by adding an extra amount onto the hosting charge.
    Sure. Or just simply to buy the business. The year following you would likely need to pay more then $10 for the name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maartenvr View Post
    Sure. Or just simply to buy the business. The year following you would likely need to pay more then $10 for the name.
    The registrars have to pay for the domain names they sell you so they can't give them away for noting. For example with .com domain names Verisign charge the registrars USD6.85 for each domain name for every year it is registered for. The registrar is therefore out of pocket by that amount for each .com domain they give away free and so needs to have some way to recover that cost and make a profit on it. Where domain names are always included in the price of hosting the cost of the domain would be included in the hosting price. Where they offer a free domain for the first year only they are effectively discounting the price of the hosting for the first year since they still have to pay Verisign for the domain.
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    Right, and therefore I called it "buy" the business
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    Quote Originally Posted by constantinum View Post
    i think the reality out there is no one gives u free Domain names
    I just thought I would correct this mistake, you can get a free ccTLD however the choice of extension is limited, it's a well known fact that anyone can get a free .tk domain extension (http://www.dot.tk/) without having hosting or any other attached costs, unless of course you want a premium name.

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    Any free to sign up domain name provider that entitle me a standard website domain name?
    the only reasonable way to get the domain for free is to buy hosting first. The best conditions are getting the hosting from accredited registrars, which are offering hosting and whose plans include domain names for free. I know sibername has this, but sure there are other soltutions, however, I am not familiar with them.

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    For each TLD there is a Domain Authoruty (DA) that is responsible for that TLD. Just how cheaply domains in that TLD can be will depend on how much that DA charges the registrars for each domain they register. Only where you have a DA that doesn't charge is there any possibility that the registrar may also decide not to charge and you can therefore get a free donain within that TLD. The instances where both parties decide not to charge is rare and all of the spammers quickly get thousands of domains in any TLD where that occurs leading to many places deciding to just block the entire TLD so as to reduce the incidence of spam on the web.
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    There is no registrar that would give you a domain name for free. You can get a few extensions for free which do not help you make a website, but you can just redirect the domain to your main domain if you have one. One of them is .co.cc

    But .com for free is not possible anywhere except where you are buying long-term hosting with the web host, they give you the domain name for free, adjusting the fee in the hosting cost. So better to spend the $10 for domain every year and stay away from any problem.
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    Registering a domain actually costs $7 to the registrar so if they were giving out free domains, they would be losing money. If the registrar could register free domains, the internet would have no more domains left.


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