It is possible to register a domain name for free and then regret it because the line between a real domain and a fake one is very thin. There is a story of a guy who got a free domain and optimized it for search engines. After a year, the site was well ranked and was receiving a considerable amount of traffic. One day, to his greatest surprise, he wanted to log into the site as usual, but found that he couldn’t. When he later typed in the URL of his site in his browser, he discovered that his content remained as is, but the ads had changed. He lost the site and wasted time, effort and money.
To avoid the above situation, you need to be very careful with free domains. You need to make sure you get your domain, either free or paid, from a trusted source. There is ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) accredited registrars and it is advisable to deal only with them. Some of them can register a name for you for free, but with one condition: you have to buy a web hosting plan. If you are not interested in hosting your name, you have to pay to register it, but if you are going to host it, you will get a free domain name and only pay for the hosting. However, you must be informed that the web hosting and domain name registration are renewable. If you opt for an annual plan, you will have to renew it upon expiration and the same goes for the 2-year plan, the 3-year plan, etc.
Also, you should only get top-level domains (TLDs) and not subdomains. The guy whose story was narrated earlier got a subdomain and that’s why the domain owner was able to deny him access. No one can deny you access to a TLD because control of the DNS (Domain Name System) is in your hand. The only exception to this is that if you commit a crime with the domain, the registrar or web host can take the site from you in accordance with the laws that govern their operations. With DNS control, you can decide to host or park it, but a free domain attached to the web hosting plan cannot be parked until the hosting plan expires.
There are many free products on the internet, including free domain names, and if you’re not careful with them, they can be baits to scam you. Just as there are criminals in the real world, there are also criminals on the World Wide Web and it won’t be funny if you put yourself in their hands. Therefore, it is advisable that you do not rush to buy free products online. You should endeavor to do a little research to get a clearer picture before committing so that you don’t regret it in the end.