There will always be a fee involved in getting a domain, because ICANN requires a fee (some-odd cents, USD). You'll have to go and buy the domain through a registrar, however, to get a .com domain name. No web site will freely distribute them, as that would cost literally thousands of dollars every week just to keep the site's services available. You can get a free .tk domain name from www.dot.tk, but I don't know of any other service that provides a .com domain name for free.
Is there a way to actually make a domain name (maybe by keeping your computer on all the time or something)? Do ISPs every include a domain name in a plan? I WILL NOT GIVE UP! I like bravehost, but having ur site be www.sitename.BRAVEHOST.com kinda is a drag.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Some poems rhyme,
This one doesn't.
Domain names and web space are two different things.
If you have a fast enough internet connection and keep your computer on all the time (a backup generator is required for when the power goes off in your area) then you can host your site on your own computer provided that you have a static IP address.
For people to be able to find your site you will still need to purchase a domain name that points to your site.
Bravenet allow you to use your own domain name with their hosting (they don't sell domain names themselves but have an arrangement with a domain registrar to onsell theirs). With free hosting you need to configure the domain name you purchase to redirect to your site. With pro hosting they throw in a .com domain name for 12 months at no extra charge.
hey i don't think you can...... well im pretty sure you can.. unless you get like a website host like erm.. say my site is www.siadelafruitcake.com you choose www.name.siadelafruitcake.com .......... but im not hosting thats an example :P but to get one without that........ well there is co.nr or .tk names ..... or www.freewebs.com is a free web server but doesnt sound very proffessional.
hope this helps. sia
You could go with a subdomain.
no-ip.com will let you do this. You can't get a .com unless you pay, but then, unless you're a company you really shouldn't have a .com anyway. But nobody pays attention to that anymore, so yea.
If you setup a web server like Apache on your home computer, as someone mentioned already, (this works well, and I'm running a server right now to know) then you can use no-ip.com's service with little work. They have a downloadable client that updates it for you when your IP changes.Plus, if you don't want to use their client to update it, all you have to do is log on and open the options for any of the subdomains you're using, and it will change their records to match whatever your current IP is.
If you have a server running, you'll probably end up with a constant IP address for a good long time.
My IP is dynamic, but since I started my server it only changes once every 6 months. This is thanks to the way the ISP selects your IP address.
.com = companies
.org = organizations
.edu = educational
.gov = government
seeing a pattern yet?)
Last edited by AmazingAnt; 10-29-2006 at 01:56 PM.