It is possible to register a free domain name and then regret it because the line between a real domain and a fake one is very thin. There’s this story of a guy who got a free domain and optimized it for search engines. After a year, the site was ranking well and receiving a significant amount of traffic. One day, to his extreme surprise, he wanted to log in to the site as usual, but found that he couldn’t. When he later typed the URL of his site into his browser, he discovered that its contents remained as they were, but the ads had changed. He lost the site and lost time, effort and money.
To avoid the above situation, you have to be very careful with free domains. You need to make sure that you get your domain, whether free or paid, from a trusted source. There is ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) reputable registrars and it is advisable to deal only with them. Some of them can register a name for you for free, but on one condition: you must purchase a web hosting plan. If you’re not interested in hosting your name, you have to pay to register it, but if you’re going to host it, you’ll get a free domain name and only pay for hosting. However, you should keep in mind that web hosting and domain name registration are renewable. If you opt for an annual plan, you will need to renew it upon expiration and the same goes for the 2-year plan, 3-year plan, etc.
Also, you should only get top-level domains (TLDs) and not subdomains. The guy whose story was told above got a subdomain and because of that 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 hands. The only exception to this is if you commit an offense with the domain, the registrar or web host can take the site away 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 a 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 bait 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 fun if you fall into their hands. Therefore, it is advisable that you do not rush with the free stuff online. You should strive to do a little research to get a clearer picture before committing so you don’t regret it in the end.