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How to Get a Free Domain for Your Website in 2020

all right it's exciting you're about

ready to build your website

and one of the first steps is getting a

domain to put your website on

and you want to know is it possible to

get a free domain

the answer is yes but so in this video

i'm going to go over six places where

you can actually get a domain for free

but if you stick around till the end

i'll explain to you why we always end up

purchasing our domains and where we buy

them from

we are an affiliate to some of the

companies that i mentioned in this video

so if you click on the links down below

in the description we may earn a small

commission

but at absolutely no extra cost to you

so the first option we're going to talk

about today is by a company called

freenum

so you can go to their website type in

the domain that you're looking for

and what's going to happen is they're

going to give you five options

for what are called top level domains so

dot com dot co

dot biz et cetera but it's not going to

be dot com.net

or any of those the ones that you can

get free and it's free not only for the

first year but also ongoing

you can get the following five options

tk.ml.ga.cf

and gq so if you want your domain to end

in

any of those five top level domains you

can actually get your domain for free

the main issue here is i don't really

know that many

legitimate businesses that use a domain

that ends like this

so normally we recommend using a

globally recognized domain such as

com maybe.co or net or if you're

operating

in a specific country that uses a

different domain such as

es and spain or that ca for canada those

are great as well

so the next three options we're going to

talk about are through the website

builders where you can get a domain for

free for the first year

so the first one of these options is wix

so with wix you can get a domain for

free for the first year

renewals start at 14.95 one of the

things

with wix is that the domain does not

include privacy protection the free

or the renewal so if you don't want to

have your information

publicly available such as your name

email and address

you'll have to pay an additional 9.90

per year

for the first year as well as additional

years to keep that information private

so the next option is weebly so weebly

is another website builder

where you get a free domain for the

first year

the nice thing here is both the free

year and the renewal include privacy

protection at no additional charge but

the renewals here

do cost 19.95 as opposed to 14.95

with wix so the third website builder

where you can get a free domain

is with squarespace if you choose any of

squarespace's annual plans you can get a

free domain for the first year

renewals for the squarespace domains do

start out at twenty dollars so

basically the same price as weebly and

similar to weebly

where all their domains both free and

paid to include privacy protection at no

additional charge

so the next two options we're going to

talk about are with the hosting

providers

so with the website builders i talked

about previously hosting is included

with the cost of the website builders

but one of the most popular options for

building your website is with wordpress

with wordpress you need to pay for

hosting separately

and a lot of the hosting providers will

give you a free domain for the first

year if you pay for hosting

the first option we're going to talk

about here is bluehost so bluehost you

can see

is the number one recommended option on

wordpress's website

and so it's a very popular option for

building wordpress sites

again the thing with bluehost is you can

get the domain for free for the first

year but you're going to pay 99 cents

per month for privacy protection so

again if that's something important to

you you're going to spend another 12

per year for privacy protection even

though you got the domain for free for

the first year the cost of your dot com

domain annual renewal with bluehost is

only 12.99

so this option is slightly less

expensive than the previous three

options that we talked about

so if you don't need privacy protection

you're only going to pay 12.99 versus

14.95 or 20

with the other three examples so the

last option we're going to talk about

today

for a free domain for the first year is

hostgator hostgator again is another

really popular hosting option

they have plans starting out as low as

275 per month

for hosting and they do include a free

domain

for the first year again the issue is

here with hostgator if you do want

privacy protection it costs even more

here

privacy protection is 14.95 per year

with hostgator so what you might have

noticed from the previous options

is that most of them don't include

privacy protection and the ones that do

are slightly more expensive

and so if you're a bricks and mortar

business where your address phone number

email address and all that are publicly

available anyways

then privacy protection probably isn't a

big deal for you if you're a small

business owner like myself

or if you're starting a side hustle and

maybe you don't want to use your home

address and phone number and email and

things like that

and have those be publicly available

privacy protection is something that's

very important

so that brings me to where we purchase

all of our domains which is namecheap

so with namecheap currently you can

purchase a com domain for the first year

for 8.88 and that domain

will renew for 12.98 thereafter the nice

thing with namecheap is all of their

domains always include privacy

protection at no additional charge

and so just the cost of the domain is

cheaper than most the other options that

we talked about

plus you're not paying the 990 all the

way to 15

that some of them are charging for

privacy protection

namecheap is running promotions all the

time for example right now they have a

bunch of domains available for just 99

cents for the first year

i'll put a link down below in the

description to the promotions page so

you can check those out

as you can see here they have a list of

a whole bunch of different domains

available for just 99 cents for the

first year

one thing i would pay attention to if

you scroll down a little bit further

though

is you know pay attention to what the

renewals will cost so

a dot college domain is going to cost

you 55

a year but that link is only going to

cost you another 11

per year all right now that you have

your domain picked out the next two

things that would add to your to-do list

would be one getting a professional

business email set up

we can help you do that with our g suite

tutorial that i'll link to up above

right here

and then the next thing is obviously

building your website we always build

all of our websites with squarespace and

we have a tutorial for that that i'll

link to

right here until next time bye