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Offline Palloy

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Free domain names
« on: April 19, 2016, 06:13:43 PM »
I mentioned in the https thread that you can get domain names for free.  Domain names (like "doomsteaddiner.net") act as memorable name that is mapped by the internet's DNS system to an IP Address - the address of where the web server is, for example. 

Why would you want a domain name at all?  Unless you want to run a server, then you probably don't.  A server is an app that listens for clients saying they want to establish a connection to your server and transact for some business - for web servers this is probably someone with a request for a web page or a downloadable file.

The only trouble with domain names is that they have to be registered by a Domain Name Registrar, and they usually charge for the service on an annual basis.  This is a complete rip off, because the whole thing is done by computer and consumes almost no resources, apart from the payment system itself.

So some Registrars, fighting for business in a crowded market, started offering a free domain name if you buy something else, like a web hosting contract.  The next step was a free domain name and buying something else was optional.  The first of these was http://dot.tk , who have the monopoly on .tk registrations.  They have been using FreeNom software for a long time, and now FreeNom have taken over dot.tk.  FreeNom also have the monopoly on other country registrations - all internet backwaters.

Now you can go to http://freenom.com and register for a free account (requires a real email address and made up name and address) and register as many free domain names as you want.  You get your choice of .cf, .ga, .gq, .ml and .tk for free, or anything else for cost.
.cf = Central African Republic
.ga = Gambia
.gq = Equatorial Guinea
.ml = Mali
.tk = Tokelau

This is all perfectly legal and above board, although for obvious reasons, they have been used in the past for nefarious activities, so have something of a bad reputation.

Once you have got your "mydomain.cf", you can then add sub-domains to it.   Each sub-domain is defined by an "A record".  You get "www.mydomain.cf" automatically, and can add say "chat.mydomain.cf" that points to your chat server's IP, and "darknet.mydomain.cf" that points to your DarkNet server's IP (don't ask  ;) ).

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Re: Free domain names
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2016, 06:55:50 PM »
I LOVE free stuff!  I'll have to go register a bunch of domains.  :icon_sunny:

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