Completely Free Domain Registration

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Is there any way to get a domain name completely free, with no catches, no monthly/annual fees, no setup fees, nothing??

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  • Reply 1 of 13
    no
  • Reply 2 of 13
    [quote]Originally posted by Enigma:

    <strong>no </strong><hr></blockquote>



    *pouts*
  • Reply 3 of 13
    jambojambo Posts: 3,036member
    [quote]Originally posted by kHack:

    <strong>Is there any way to get a domain name completely free, with no catches, no monthly/annual fees, no setup fees, nothing??</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Sleep with someone who'll pay for it for you.



    J :cool:
  • Reply 4 of 13
    Domain names for free? no...



    but there are some different ways...



    I was just looking into this and thought I might point out some of the different things that have to happen...Not necessarily in this order...



    A. First, you get a name registered... That is $75 bucks for 2 years. And that is just protecting your name from having somemone register it out from under you.



    B. Then you need a host... just like an alien. According to the guy out here, it means someone sets up a virtual server on their server which behaves just like a separate server. Out here that is $25 a month, or $240 for a year.



    But before they do that, they have to set up their domain name server, which actually posts your address (which equals your virtual server's ip address) out to the rest of the world



    Then you basically set up your web page. By having a virtual server, you can set most of the things like forums, and other scripts that might be needed.



    Also, from what I understand, there are places which offer free hosting, but their coverage can be a bit sporadic. Coverage means that a person in Canada might be able to access it, but a person in London might not find your page.



    I hope that helps, or at least clears up any questions other lurkers might have.
  • Reply 5 of 13
    You can do it for pretty cheap actually.



    You can reserve a domain name for about $25 per year. If you shop around the different registrars, you'll probably find an even better deal. You can find a list of registrars on the <a href="http://www.icann.org/registrars/accredited-list.html"; target="_blank">ICANN site</a>.



    As nosarious mentioned, there are several inexpensive ($4 per month) and free servers out there. Many of the free ones will put advertisements on your site though. I suggest posting your question at the <a href="http://www.webhostingtalk.com"; target="_blank">Web Hosting Talk site</a> to find out more.
  • Reply 6 of 13
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    I got my domain for free from <a href="http://www.registerfree.com/"; target="_blank">http://www.registerfree.com/</a>; when they were doing a promotion. But that deal seems to have expired.
  • Reply 7 of 13
    eskimoeskimo Posts: 474member
    I've had good experiences with <a href="http://www.active-domain.com"; target="_blank">www.active-domain.com</a> it's $9.95 a year to register your domain. They provide free unlimited email forwarding, free DNS services, and free IP/name redirection to wherever you have your sited hosted. I've also registered a domain name at <a href="http://www.godaddy.com"; target="_blank">www.godaddy.com</a> it was only $7.95 a year but they don't offer all the free services like active-domain does.
  • Reply 8 of 13
    [quote]Originally posted by nosarious:

    <strong>But before they do that, they have to set up their domain name server, which actually posts your address (which equals your virtual server's ip address) out to the rest of the world</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Well is there any way to do this without "registering" the domain??
  • Reply 9 of 13
    I'm not sure what you are looking for, but it seems you are looking for a web host. If you want a simple, static website, there are plenty of free or cheap hosts out there. If you want to do some programming or ecommerce, you'll probably have to pay.



    A web host is different from a domain name. A domain is just a name like "www.khack.com" that is mapped to the actual (IP) address of a server. It's not necessary to own a domain name, but then the URL to your website will look something like "http://www.somehost.com/members/khack/". I'm oversimplifying, but a "virtual server" is just a technique in mapping your registered domain name "http://www.khack.com"; to your account "http://www.somehost.com/members/khack/".



    It would help if you were more specific about what you are trying to do. Are you looking to do some web development, programming, start a competitor to AppleInsider, etc?



    [ 02-14-2002: Message edited by: Brian J. ]</p>
  • Reply 10 of 13
    <a href="http://www.doteasy.com"; target="_blank">http://www.doteasy.com</a>; is free, and has no banners. A great host, in my experience. Domain names are cheap. Splurge, and spend like $10!
  • Reply 11 of 13
    [quote]Originally posted by Brian J.:

    <strong>I'm not sure what you are looking for, but it seems you are looking for a web host. If you want a simple, static website, there are plenty of free or cheap hosts out there. If you want to do some programming or ecommerce, you'll probably have to pay.



    A web host is different from a domain name. A domain is just a name like "www.khack.com" that is mapped to the actual (IP) address of a server. It's not necessary to own a domain name, but then the URL to your website will look something like "http://www.somehost.com/members/khack/". I'm oversimplifying, but a "virtual server" is just a technique in mapping your registered domain name "http://www.khack.com"; to your account "http://www.somehost.com/members/khack/".



    It would help if you were more specific about what you are trying to do. Are you looking to do some web development, programming, start a competitor to AppleInsider, etc?



    [ 02-14-2002: Message edited by: Brian J. ]</strong><hr></blockquote>





    This offends me



    Anyway...I know what all of it IS, but here's what I want to do: use a domain name without it being registered.



    Any ideas??
  • Reply 12 of 13
    [quote]Originally posted by kHack:

    <strong>

    This offends me



    Anyway...I know what all of it IS, but here's what I want to do: use a domain name without it being registered.



    Any ideas??</strong><hr></blockquote>

    I'm sorry to offend you. I was honestly only trying to help. But you tend to ask strange, confusing questions .



    Generally, there is no legal way to use a domain name without registering it. You can set up your name servers to resolve any domain name to any IP address you like. However, this will only work inside of your own personal network, as no one else will be set up to use your domain name servers. In effect, registering a domain name advertises to the rest of the world that your name servers are "authoritative" for your domain "khack.com".
  • Reply 13 of 13
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,090member
    You guys are crazy. Use www.1and1.com



    They are really cheap. Then, if you don't mind having your web site in blog form, register with Blogger.com for a free site. Then instruct 1and1 to redirect your domain's DNS settings to your blog address as a frame redirect and it will look to visitors like they went directly to a site you paid to have hosted. If you want anything fancier, you'll end up paying for hosting to look more professional.
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