3 Ways to get a Free Domain Name in less than a Minute
A domain name is commonly known as a website address. It has three parts, including a website name, a dot (or period), and an extension like “com” or “net” or “ae” like mediareach.ae. Some domain providers offer truly free domain names, while others offer a free domain name as part of their paid hosting packages.
Here are the 3 ways to get a free or almost free domain name.
Option 1: Wix – Get a Free Website Domain for One Year Plus Site Builder
Wix offers a .com domain free for one year when you pay for a Wix website builder package. For solopreneurs, the $11 per month Combo package comes with 2GB of bandwidth, 3GB of storage, and a free domain. The small businesses $14 per month Unlimited package gives you the free domain, 10GB of storage, and unlimited bandwidth.
The limitation here is that, once that year has passed, you do have to pay a fee for your domain. The pricing for this domain will depend on the type of domain extension you chose, the number of years you’d like to pay for at one time if you’ve added privacy protection, local taxes, and more. You’d have to look in “Billing and Payments” in your Wix account, then find your “Subscriptions” tab to learn what you’d pay after the first free year.
Option 2: Weebly – Get a Free Subdomain From a Website Builder
Weebly can help you build your simple website with a free site builder and subdomain (a website address that includes the hostname as well as your site name, such as yoursite.weebly.com). This is a great option for solopreneurs or early-stage startups. With Weebly’s website builder, you drag-and-drop shapes and photos to design your site as you would to design a PowerPoint presentation.
The only catch is that the builder is somewhat limited at the free level. Storage and features are truncated, and you cannot remove ads placed by the website builder. Further, the included subdomain is a bit clunkier than a custom domain name.
Option 3: dot.tk – Get a Free .Tk Domain Name
Powered by Freenom, the website dot.tk offers .tk domains (www.yoursite.tk) completely free for up to a year. It also has .ml, .ga, .cf, and .gq domains available at no cost, but it offers no site builder or additional hosting features.
With dot.tk, you get a clean URL like www.yoursite.tk. It’s also free to transfer the domain to a hosting service to create your website or professional email address. The catch is that dot.tk only lets you register the domain for up to a year at a time. In addition, dot.tk domains don’t rank as well as more common extensions like .com or .net. While renewals are currently free, we can’t guarantee it will remain that way in the future.
The Bottom Line
If you’re creating a website for your business, we strongly recommend paying the small fee for a .com or .ae domain instead of a free domain like .tk. You get a more reputable domain name and don’t have to worry as much about price increases or service interruptions.
Need more information? Talk to an expert at Media Reach.