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How to get your free domain

Our packages

With 1&1 IONOS, there are a number of different ways that you can obtain a free domain name. Depending upon how you are going to use your new website, some packages may be more appropriate for securing a domain name than others. Furthermore, many of the packages on offer with 1&1 IONOS come with different extensions included completely free of charge, so it’s always worth seeing what is most suitable for you.

Classic web hosting

For anyone looking to start their own website, picking the right hosting plan is of the foremost importance. A free domain enables a quick and uncomplicated setup process with minimal (or no) upfront costs.
There are a number of free hosts out there who can help you get started with a subdomain. However, if you find that your site is slow to load, that it's inundated with unwanted advertising, and that there is no customer support available, then you should consider a paid service.
With 1&1 IONOS, you will receive a domain name that is completely free for the first twelve months, as well as 24/7 support.
Web hosting packages


If you are creating a website you intend to monetise, such as by publishing sponsored and commissioned content or incorporating advertising, then a free domain name will likely no longer be adequate for you. This is because your website will need to be optimised for search engines and should also have a catchy and appropriate URL.
Using the MyWebsite service, you will not only be entitled to a free domain but you will also receive a free email address. Using this free email for business communications will ensure you look more professional for your customers. In addition, whereas with free providers there is a possibility your site could be deleted for no reason, you retain full control of your website with 1&1 IONOS.
MyWebsite packages

Blogging with Managed WordPress

There are many uses for a website, and not all of them require a paid-for domain registration. For instance, if you go abroad and want to keep a public record of what you are up to, starting a blog can be a great idea. In this scenario, a free WordPress subdomain is perfectly suitable.
By contrast, a free solution will not be adequate for those looking to launch a travel blogging career with accounts on social media platforms. Using 1&1 IONOS’s managed WordPress blog hosting, you can create a more memorable domain name to share on Instagram, while also benefiting use of the numerous maintenance benefits it offers for improved web security, such as automatic security updates.
What’s more, your domain name is completely free for the first twelve months.
Managed WordPress packages

.me domain for students

Although this is a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Montenegro, it is also very well suited to certain personal creative projects. It can be particularly useful for students during university or other educational programmes: it can easily be made into a personal website or a redirecting site to online business profiles like LinkedIn, making it the ideal free domain name for students.
Our extensions are also useful free domain names for students with specific projects such as those involved in media studies. For example, throughout the course of a media studies degree, a student may have worked on various film, journalism and advertorial projects and may require a way to consolidate all of these under one simple webpage – similar to a digital portfolio. A .me extension can then be particularly useful for a student's digital portfolio, which can end up looking something like this:

.free domain

The .free domain can work wonders in marketing and is often used by businesses or companies for promoting products or services. In addition to this, it is the perfect top-level domain for projects and organisations involved in ethical causes or activism campaigns. In order to obtain a 1&1 IONOS .free domain, simply check if your desired domain name and .free extension are available with the 1&1 IONOS Domain Checker. If it is still available, you can pre-reserve with no obligation the domain of your choice in order to ensure you get the domain name you desire.

Free domain overview

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Domain transfer

Transfer your domain to 1&1 IONOS

You can also transfer a domain which is already registered to you. 1&1 IONOS will take care of the transfer process, without any extra charges. 1&1 IONOS web hosting includes much more:
  • Unlimited storage and traffic
  • Email hosting
  • Technical features including PHP 5, Zend Framework, Perl, Python, Ruby, and SSI.
Domain transfer
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Frequently asked questions

Every website has a specific name to identify it on the World Wide Web. Like your home address, it consists of different parts. The domain name has to be unique and lead to only one specific website. That is why you have to check first if your desired domain name is free and not already claimed. Any web address begins with "www". This is an abbreviation for World Wide Web and is the gateway to the internet. Nowadays, domain names do not necessarily have to have a "www" in front because web browsers will recognise it automatically. The next part, the Second Level, is the most important recognition factor – the domain name. Think of a domain name that best reflects the content and subject of your website! The last part is the Top Level Domain, and it can be generic (.net, .com, .org) or geographic (.us, .ca, etc.). The TLD gives your website a special designation on the web. You can only register a free domain name that has not already been claimed. To check if your desired domain name is available, use the domain checker.
By using our domain checker above you can search which domain name is still available for you. If you choose an additional web hosting package or our website builder "1&1 IONOS MyWebsite", your desired domain will be included.
If you have registered a free domain name with 1&1 IONOS, whether a .com or other TLD, there will be a charge for the second year of the contract. The exact costs for the second year will be displayed in your final shopping cart.
Do you want to find a great free domain name for your site? 1&1 IONOS's domain checker can help you to find one like a or .com. You can check the domain names which will attract people to your website. Your idea for a domain name should be clear and catchy, when you use the 1&1 IONOS domain checker. This will make your site easily identifiable and people will come back again and again. With the domain check you will find a good free domain name for your website.
It is quick and easy. If you have found a suitable domain name such as a .com, enter your preferred name into the 1&1 IONOS domain checker. The tool will immediately check whether your desired domain name is free or not. That's all. But, don't forget – hurry up and get your desired domain before someone else does, because you aren't the only one searching for the perfect domain name.
Ultimately, 1&1 IONOS is not a free domain name service provider; however, we are a large company with a broad customer-base, allowing us to offer exceptionally competitive pricing. Although 1&1 IONOS does not provide open-ended free domains, this extensive customer network allows us to keep prices low and to extend promotional offers on domains for little or no cost for a limited amount of time. Often, free domain promotions are also possible due to the registries with which we work. Due to 1&1 IONOS's size and professional reputation, we have many domain registries that are eager to work with us. We are also often able to fashion a cooperation with registries that want to gain a user-base rather quickly, without having to be solely responsible for all of the marketing and sales efforts. These registries then give us attractive offers, which we can pass on to our customers. This is often why 1&1 IONOS is able to offer limited-time free domains or free domain registration.

Limited-time free domains are not meant to be deceptive, but rather are an opportunity to give our customers fantastic deals from which they can benefit. At the end of the day, however, 1&1 IONOS is foremost invested in providing high-quality hosting services that our customers can rely on. Unlike other hosting services which are focused merely on cost allure, 1&1 IONOS is focused on maintaining the best possible service for our customers, which includes having top-of-the-line technology, as well as thousands of qualified employees worldwide running our data centres and supporting our millions of customers.
The answer to this question is "no" for both 1&1 IONOS and for almost any other hosting provider. Whether you are interested in a or other TLD, it would be very difficult for you to find a free domain name registration for a lifetime — anywhere you look. Of course many hosting providers offer promotional pricing, but to take advantage of this would require you to keep transferring your domains from one hosting provider to another every year, which is a lot of work and also not overly good for your website performance. Some hosting providers also have cancellation fees and deadlines that you would need to be aware of as well.

In the end, you likely want to have a stable, professional service for your website, especially if it is a website for your business. It is then best to look for a quality paid service that can support your website and business as it grows, instead of worrying about cancellation deadlines and re-registering your domain.
There are many service providers out there offering free domain options, and of course you can register a free domain with 1&1 IONOS as well; however, domain registration is not usually available for free, regardless of registrar. Since is the most commonly used and therefore most sought after domain extension, as a general rule you cannot find domain names for free. Furthermore, because they are so highly valued, there is an ever decreasing amount of them still available and the supply simply cannot meet the demand, which in turn drives prices up. Simply put, there aren't enough unregistered domains available to be able to offer a domain name for free. That being said, since 1&1 IONOS offers one free domain for one year with all of our web hosting packages, you can absolutely register a domain as your free option when you sign up. In this sense then, it is possible to register a domain if that is the domain extension you choose to go with for your free domain option when purchasing a hosting package.

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