You’re looking to register a domain name for your business or hobby website and are wondering if you can get the domain name for free.
Let’s discuss the options, advantages and disadvantages.
Should I register my domain with a company that offers it to me for free?
When you register a domain name you always have to make sure that the domain is registered under your name.
This is very important, as the legal owner of the domain name is whoever appears as the registrant in the domain registry for that domain.
Free domain names are not always what they seem and it is important that you understand fully who owns the domain name and who controls it.
But there are exceptions. For instance, when you buy web hosting with Pickaweb and you order an annual service we give you a free domain name.
The domain name is always registered under the name of the client directly with the registry eg: ICANN or Nominet. You can always access it to manage it and make any necessary changes. You are in complete control 100% of your domain name.
Are free subdomains ok to use for my website?
Some website builder providers will not offer you a free domain name, instead they will offer you a free subdomain.
A subdomain is basically a folder in front of an existing domain name. For instance yourbusiness.pickaweb.co.uk
We would not recommend these types of free domains for your main website as it is not very SEO friendly.
You should get your own domain name eg: yourbusinessname.co.uk
The advantage of having your own domain is that you can change switch hosting providers if you need to with ease.
Are there risks in registering a domain for free?
A domain name is a piece of internet real estate. Domains are cheap to order but can get expensive if you try to buy a domain name that is already purchased by somebody else.
You want to make sure that when you buy a domain name it is done under your name.
Also you should make sure it is registered with a reputable company who has registered domain names for many years.
Pickaweb has been registering domain names for over 16 years. You can buy your website domain in just a few minutes.
If you have any questions or need any help just click on the chat button to ask one of our team members.
A domain name is an important asset and an important decision to take.
Free domain names are only free if a) they are fully registered in your name with your email address and b) you have full control over it.
Make sure your domain name is registered on your name and you have full access to it if you want to make any changes to it like changing contact details, name servers and so on.
I hope you found this article useful on how to register a domain name for free.
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