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    Is A Free .Com Domain Name Possible?

    Hi guys,

    Does anyone know whether it's possible to obtain your own .com domain name completely for free, including hosting? I've heard of sites that will grant you one if you complete a series of surveys, but I'm not sure whether these are legitimate. Does anyone know a place where I can get a free .com website? Thanks!

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    You can't register a .com for free...ICANN (.com governing body) charges a fee, and that fee gets passed on and marked up in turn. You can register a .tk domain for free, but not a .com.

    You can also get free hosting from a place like 000webhosting.com.

    Now, here's the caveat...you won't be able to do much with either. Free hosting is extremely limited, and a .tk domain name, while being free, generally won't do much for you. People don't generally type in .tk domains, so you can pretty well forget about direct referrals for the most part (bookmarking is your only exception). And with the hosting being free, you might be able to get limited access to a server-side language such as PHP but for the most part you'll be limited to basic HTML. If you're just doing this to mess around, go nuts...but if you're doing it for anything commercial, spend the money on a .com and hosting.
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    Dreamhost offers free hosting to Non-Profit organizations. I am currently working on a site for an organization that has gone this route. They just got all of their documentation in and are receiving free hosting.

    Non-profit organizations have dedicated themselves to making the world a better place. In recognition of their noble sacrifice and altruistic efforts, DreamHost is happy to provide hosting services free of charge to these groups!
    This offer is limited to one shared hosting plan per nonprofit, and is only for US-based 501(c)(3) organizations. Domain registrations (other than any included with the plan) are not eligible for any discounts. Groups must be able to furnish DreamHost with an IRS-issued 501(c)(3) determination letter to qualify.

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    For like $50 per year you get a shared webhost and domain name .... (example webhost: cleverdot.com)

    That's what ... about $4 per month? How much do you spend for a cup of Starbuck's Latte?

    How can you not afford a real webhost account?
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