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FAQ - Frequently asked questions
What is a domain name?
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 1&1 domain checker.
How can I register a free domain?
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 MyWebsite", your desired domain will be included.
Is there a list of domains at 1&1 which are always for free?
No, there is no fixed list of free domain names at 1&1. Domain prices are always depending the structure of the current offers. In our fee-based web hosting packages, one free domain name is always included.
If there is an offer that allows me to register a free domain name, what will be the follow-up costs for me?
If you have registered a free domain name with 1&1, 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.
Why is it important to use the 1&1 domain checker?
Do you want to find a great free domain name for your site? 1&1's domain checker can help you to find one like a .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 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.
How do I use the 1&1 domain checker to find a free domain name?
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 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.
How come 1&1 can afford to offer free domains from time to time?
Ultimately, 1&1 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 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'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 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 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 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.
Can I expect to get a free domain name for a lifetime when subscribing to 1&1?
The answer to this question is "no" for both 1&1 and for almost any other hosting provider. Whether you are interested in a .co.uk 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.
Can I also register free .co.uk domains with 1&1?
There are many service providers out there offering free domain options, and of course you can register a .co.uk free domain with 1&1 as well; however, .co.uk domain registration is not usually available for free, regardless of registrar. Since .co.uk is the most commonly used and therefore most sought after domain extension, as a general rule you cannot find .co.uk 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 .co.uk domains available to be able to offer a .co.uk domain name for free. That being said, since 1&1 offers one free domain for one year with all of our web hosting packages, you can absolutely register a .co.uk domain as your free option when you sign up. In this sense then, it is possible to register a .co.uk domain if that is the domain extension you choose to go with for your free domain option when purchasing a hosting package.