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How to get a Free Domain Name 2016

Updated on August 8, 2016

Why get a free domain name?

It has come to my attention that many people are scouring the Internet in hopes of finding a free domain name for themselves. Personally, I don't like them and I don't use them, for many different reasons. One of the main reasons that I don't use them is the fact that many users on the Internet do not trust websites without the .com .net .org or .biz extension. This can be a huge disadvantage for many people and businesses in their online presence.

Having said that, there are many people out there who can benefit from a free domain name. Seriously, who doesn't like free stuff and being able to get that special domain name, that you always wanted, is priceless. So, who cares if you have to deal with .tk or something like that. Besides, having your email sound something like this:

me@website.tk instead of

me@whoknowswhatamIreadinghere.com is fantastic.

If you are searching for a free domain name, you will probably end up scouring the far corners of your search engines and still end up wanting. This is why I decided to compile this list and help out all those that needed it.

A country code top-level domain (ccTLD)

So, this will probably be one of your best options to explore. As it happens, there are many ccTLD that are free and have only some basic restrictions. Basically, a country code top-level domain or ccTLD is country specific domain extension that is given by certain country. For example .us stands for United States, while .ru stands for Russia, etc. A complete list of all ccTLDs, and their restrictions, can be found on Wikipedia

Majority of those are paid, or require citizenship. Of course, there is a small list of those ccTLDs that are free to use and register. I will try to update this list, as soon as I get more additions. Believe me when I say, finding these is not a simple task.

You can visit sites featured below and get your free website domain from them.

Video Tutorial on getting a free dot.tk domain

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Subdomains

Subdomains are your next viable option. There are many places on the Internet from which you can get a free subdomain. I cannot possibly hope to list each and every one of them but this list will be enough to get you started, and if I get any new additions to it, then I will be adding those. : )

The difference between domain and subdomain.

A domain is:

domain.com

And a subdomain is:

subdomain.domain.com

You can also get a certain number of subdomains from your web hosting company, if you are hosting your website with them. Most web hosting companies are offering unlimited number of subdomains with their subscription plans.

For example if you own a website on Arvixe web hosting, your website will look like this:

mywebsite.com

And from your control panel you can easily add more subdomains, for example:

crazy.mywebsite.com

cute.mywebsite.com

fun.mywebsite.com

car.mywebsite.com

funny.mywebsite.com

something.mywebsite.com

You catch the drift? This gives you the opportunity to branch out your website and give it more authority. While keeping it organised and neat. Let us see a more tangible example:

Your main domain is:

www.cars.com

In this case you could just branch out your website to include a multitude of other related topics like:

ford.cars.com

muscle.cars.com

pictures.cars.com

pink.cars.com

...etc...

So here we go, a list of all those free subdomain registrars that I have collected.

And just to conclude..

So here we are, at the end of our list. I really hope that I helped someone, because collecting this list and compiling it was not an easy task. For the end, I would really like to urge you to get domain with .com .net .org .info .biz extensions, mainly because most of the Internet uses do not trust websites with other extensions. To a certain point they are right. Many of these free domains have been ( are, and will be ) used for scams, phishing and who knows what not. But then again, its not about the extension, its about the people that abuse it.

Would you use a free domain name?

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Share Your Thoughts! - Would you use free domain names? Why? I'd love to know!

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      Doroteus 3 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Thank you for sharing your point of view. I agree completely with you. Testing and planning is a key to success.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      I still use few of dotTK domains, but as re-directions. I think free domains and subdomains (COdotCC was very popular for some time) are useful for beginners who want to test if their own site is the right way to go. I have seen many successful web 2.0 users, who tried on their own and didn't work, because being part of bigger site or being on one's own is not the same. Thanks for the list. It can sure help to many people.