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What is a domain name?
Every website has a specific name to identify it on the World Wide Web. Like your home address, it consists of different parts. The domain name has to be unique and lead to only one specific website. That is why you have to check first if your desired domain name is free and not already claimed. Any web address begins with „www". This is an abbreviation for World Wide Web and is the gateway to the internet. Nowadays, domain names do not necessarily have to have a „www" in front because web browsers will recognize it automatically. The next part, the Second Level, is the most important recognition factor – the domain name. Think of a domain name that best reflects the content and subject of your website! The last part is the Top Level Domain, and it can be generic (.net, .com, .org) or geographic (.us, .ca, etc.). The TLD gives your website a special designation on the web. You can only register a free domain name that has not already been claimed. To check if your desired domain name is available, use the 1&1 domain checker.
How can I create my own identity with a free domain name?
The domain name is the centerpiece of your website. Pay attention to finding a free domain name, but make sure it serves the purpose you want it to! For a business website, it would be important to try to use your company's name or close to it. Make sure it corresponds to your company and reflects the content of your website. An eCommerce site that sells the latest trendy merchandise will most likely have a more creative name than that of a law firm or realty group. The best domain name solutions will probably consist of either the name of your company or some sort of appropriate abbreviation. Choose your TLD with care. For example, no one would expect an eCommerce site to have a .info TLD, so choose wisely. It is also possible to choose more than one TLD for your free domain name.
How do I use the 1&1 domain checker correctly?
With 1&1 you can easily find out if your desired domain name is free. Just enter your desired domain name, choose one or more TLDs and click the „check" button. In a few seconds you will have the results. You can register your cheap domain names and get them „parked", where they will be waiting for use, for as long as you want. If you want to take the next step and get your website online, 1&1 has many inexpensive hosting packages available. For more information about free domain name registration, just visit 1and1.com.
Is there a list of domains at 1&1 which are always for free?
No, there is no fixed list of free domain names at 1&1. Domain prices are always depending the structure of the current offers. In our fee-based web-hosting packages (Unlimited, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Pro), one free domain name is always included.
If there is an offer that allows me to register a free domain name, what will be the follow-up costs for me?
If you have registered a free domain name with 1&1, there will be a charge for the second year of the contract. The exact costs for the second year will be displayed in your final shopping cart.
How come, 1&1 can afford to offer a free domain name service from time to time?
First of all, 1&1 is not a free domain name service provider in general. We usually have a very competitive level of pricing available to our domain customers; however, you will not be able to enjoy free domains in our portfolio all the time. The reason we can sometimes give away domains at either no costs or very little costs is that our large customer base enables us to attract a lot of registries to work with us.
One example for such an cooperation could be a registry taht launches a new tld but does not intend to do all of the marketing and sales activities by themselves. Nevertheless they would like to see a quick growth in their user base and to reach this goal they give 1&1 very attractive offers.
On the one hand, this is a great opportunity for our customers to benefit from fantastic offers, on the other hand it can evoke a wrong impression about the hosting industry in general. In the long run, it is impossible to offer free domain name registration and web hosting services at a high quality level. At 1&1, we have thousands of qualified employees worldwide to run our data centers and support our millions of customers.
Can I expect to get a free domain name for lifetime, when subscribing to 1&1?
The simple answer is "No". It will be very hard for you to find a free domain name registration for lifetime opportunity, if you do not want to keep your domains being transferred around from one hosting provider to another every year.
Especially, if you would like a lifetime stable hosting with your free domain name, you should rather look for a high quality paid service that will give you the chance to work on your project full-time and not have to worry about adhering to cancelation deadlines a couple of months before your contract ends most of the time.
Can I also register free .com domains with 1&1?
There are of course free domain options available from many service providers, and likewise you can certainly register free domain names with 1&1. However, it should be mentioned that there are usually no free options for .com domain registration, regardless of registrar. As a general rule, getting a .com domain name free is not possible because they are in exceptionally high demand. Because .com domains are the most commonly used gTLD, there is not an infinite amount of them still available. It ultimately comes down to an issue of supply and demand: .com free domain name registration is usually not possible simply because there aren't enough unregistered .com domains to be able to offer a .com domain for free.
That being said, with 1&1 web hosting packages, you will always receive one free domain. You can absolutely register a .com domain for free when signing up for your 1&1 hosting package. So, in this sense, yes 1&1 does offer a .com domain free with each hosting package, if that is the domain extension that you choose to go with for your free domain option.