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Free domains?

Would you like a free domain to go with your web hosting plan?

That is an offer that is rather common. Domain registrations cost the web hosting provider money. So the cost needs to be passed on to you in some way, usually the cost is added to the plan that is offered to you. Are free domains really free?

Your domain name can be very valuable. Search engines recognise your site based on the domain name. Your customers or users can reach you using your domain name. Emails get to you because of your domain name. It costs only SGD 20/yr or less. You can always switch web hosting providers, because your domain name can be pointed to different IPs. This can be the single most important item for your website. Not a reliable web host, not a good server, not good uptime; the single most important item is the rights and control over your own domain name.

There are at least 2 web hosts in Singapore which provides "free" domains, and when customers want to switch to another provider due to poor service, they get a bill of several hundred SGD, usually close to SGD 500 to get the domain name back, because the "free" domain is registered in the web hosting provider's name, and "owned" by the web hosting provider.

Always register your domain name yourself, unless you trust your web host absolutely. Never allow your employee to register the domain name in his name. Always check the registrant and registrant email is in the company's name.

Remember, your domain name is very important. Some domains can sell for significant amounts, and if your domain has significant traffic, and drives sales for you, the value is many many times more than a SGD 20/yr registration fee.

Lim Wee Cheong
30 May 2007

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