When a service is free, its definite that people would say ‘why not’
Few days back, i was browsing the web to further explore the hosting market. When it comes to internet, it means global or WWW, not limited to Indonesia.
To date, I have identified 3 free domain provider, which are:
On these site, you can get your very own domain. What’s more interesting is chi.mp provides top level domain (TLD). Therefore you can register names such as wuih.mp instead of wuih.co.cc and etc.
Yet dont get carried away. As we all know, in this world, nothing is free. I recall my teacher saying back then, ‘even going to toilet we have to pay’ . So whats the catch? – lets go one by one
The uni.cc I believe, as the least popular one. I checked it and found ample selection of common words. This maybe due to Terms & Conditions of Service of article 1 of Service Agreement.
I excerpt, ‘UNICC shows advertisements and/or offers for other products in this site and all Member sites using web forwarding, web hosting and DNS services. UNICC has no ownership interest in these other products, services, or other advertised items. And as such makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to these other products, services, or other advertised items and the use thereof. You agree that the site will report information concerning advertising banners viewed and clicked on’
Well, with that in mind, this site is not going nowhere. Tell you the truth that I dont know how is the ad like. If its small enough or unoticeable enough, should be fine. However I bet when people see the T&C, they will be discouraged, like I am.
Second, the co.nr. It is the same with uni.cc except they made it clear that a small banner (see below) must be placed on the website.
Well. should be ok. I myself dont mind it. Of course that I already own few top level domain (TLD) such as rizky.us, ghalast.com & revampfuture.com so I am not so keen in using second level domain with conditions. Should you wonder then why this blog is using second level domain as main URL, the answer is that this is the thing which reflect me as an Indonesian blogger. I am proud of my nation!
Third is chi.mp. So you can get your top level domain (TLD) BUT the use is limited to their concept project which combine blog, social network and open id. Well, its a goog concept but it still uncomparable as compared to the nororious wordpress. Limitation on themes & widgets would be the main factor. If you want the particular domain for external use, you are given the option with US$20 compensation. Personally I would not mind if I can get rizky.mp because my name is Rizky Mujisanto Priyono – got what I mean? 🙂
Unfortunately someone skipped me and took the domain, I think a gal named Rizky also.
The last one, co.cc. Hey this provider is great man, you can get free domain without a catch. Of course minor disadvantage applies where for common word names, you have to pay some fee, ranging from US$3 to US$15. But hey, if you want to create your personal URL, here is a good place. You can integrate your domain with Google Apps for free 50 email accounts, Gmail base on that address. Also, they make it easy for you by automatically do the settings and help you in verification.
In conclusion, you should have guess that I would reccommend http://co.cc if you wanted a free domain services. You can set a forwarding order and point the site to redirect to your non personalized domain, say http://www.wuih.co.cc will automatically open https://revampfuture.wordpress.com.
So then its how you get a free service for personalized blog.