Domains are one of the most important aspects of creating your own online shop. It’s the name that will be at the forefront of your online shop. It needs to represent your business and the majority of domains, if not all of them are your business name.
But how can you get a domain name for free? Whilst the cost for domains can vary, there is a way you can get a domain for free.
How much does a domain name cost?
You can buy a domain from most website domain providers and the cost can vary. Some offer domains for around £10 per year but remember a domain isn’t the only thing you need to get an online shop up and running. You’ll also need hosting which can also cost anywhere from £2.99 per month to £100 per month for dedicated servers.
So while getting a domain isn’t too costly, getting one for free would be great for your new business right?
Can I get a free domain and hosting?
Some providers will offer a domain for 99p when you also buy hosting for the year but we’re looking for free domain and hosting for your online shop. With EKM your hosting and domain is included. Setting up with EKM means you’ll never have to pay for hosting as your shop will be hosted on our own secure private servers and you’ll also get to pick your domain name, for free!
How to register a free domain
As an EKM customer, if you don’t already have a domain, you can register for a new one by opening an account on EKM Domains. You’ll then simply need to search for the domain you want to register, i.e. the name of your business such as www.ekm.com and see if it’s available.
If it is, then you’ll be able to select the ‘add to cart’ button next to the domain you’d like. You’ll then be asked to fill your contact details including an email address which you can use on your online shop.
If you’d like, you can then choose a mailbox to have connected to your EKM online shop or skip this step if you don’t require a mailbox. You’ll then be taken to checkout your new domain and you’ll see a final figure of £0.00 to be paid. Simply just check out here and your new domain will be registered to you.
You can use your EKM Domains account to purchase domains for any other shops you want to set up. Here you’ll be able to view and manage all the domains you own.