RT Cunningham

Free Domain Names and Web Hosting Accounts – Without any Catches

When I had a problem finding out why an error page kept coming up on my web server, I looked for alternatives. I found a place that gives away free domain names. The TLDs aren’t the best, but they work.

I had already found a free web hosting service. One that isn’t interested in converting a free account to a premium account. They rely on donations.

Free Domain Names at Freenom

I don’t know what I searched for to find Freenom but I’m glad I found them. They only have a few two-character TLDs to give away domain names for:

It’s no longer necessary to get a .com, .net or .org TLD. As long as no one can interpret it to mean something other than what it is, you’re good to go.

I registered a domain name with them on Sunday and then set up the name servers for my web host, DigitalOcean. The idea was to use HTTP instead of HTTPS for form processing. Since that issue isn’t an issue anymore, I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.

Free Web Hosting at HelioHost

Again, I don’t know what I searched for to find Heliohost. Maybe it was one of those sites that ranks web hosts.

I registered an account but I haven’t done anything with the web space yet. I want to test some generic web pages before committing to anything.

It’s best to read the terms of service when signing up. They’re strict. Not only that, but this line should cause you to exercise caution:

“We reserve the right to delete, change, or edit your account or your content with or without prior notification, including, but not limited to cases arising from abuse of these Terms.”

The “your content” part is what concerns me. Although it will probably never happen to me, I can’t help but wonder if it will.

Use Free Domain Names with the Free Web Hosting?

Domain names are easy enough to redirect. In my case, do I really want to do that for my free web hosting account? The subdomain I chose is already secured by SSL.

I guess all of this depends on what I want to do in the future. Or if I want to do anything at all. I’m getting lazier as I get older.

September 19, 2017
Web Development

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