Domain names can be tricky if you haven't dealt with them in the past, there are hundreds of sites selling domains on the net these days, and the prices of these domains can get astronomically high if you're dead set on a .com address.
You can get a free domain name with most hosting services that offer free plans, but with those you get stuck with an ugly, hard to remember add-on.
But what if you just need a throwaway domain? Something for testing or playing around with simple web services, that's easy to remember and quick to configure
Well today I'm going to show you how to get simple, free, throwaway domain names.
Freenom is a site where you can get domains absolutely for free. No charge, no hidden fees. Free.
So, how do we do it?
Now, you can create an account with your existing accounts on Google and Facebook, or use your email, it's a nice and simple setup process, you don't need me to tell you how to use a signup form ?
So, once you have an account, the process is simple, search for your domain name, and check out the free options, at the time of writing this article, Freenom offers 5 TLDs (Top Level Domains) to choose from.
So, pick your domain (.tk is a common one)
Assuming it is, click proceed to checkout
Now you have some initial configuration options (Don't worry, you can change these later)
You can set DNS or just forward the domain, and you can set for how long you wish to register the site, starting from 1 month all the way up to 10 YEARS!
Now Simply fill out your details and agree to the T&Cs
And that's it!
Head on over to the 'My Domains' section of the Services tab to manage your domain
Some words of caution:
Don't forget how I mentioned the primary use case for these domains is as throwaways, Dot TK domains don't do well in the wider internet, they will affect your SEO negatively and I have been told in the past that you require a certain number of unique visitors in the first 90 days after registration or you lose the domain.
These are great domains for testing, but if you decide to get serious, we recommend going with a well-known, reliable domain registrar.