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Beware of free domain name offers

It has become quite common for a new TLD (top level domain) to offer, in conjunction with registrars, a free first 12 months registration, and also for hosting companies to offer a free domain name if you signup for their services.

Think very carefully before taking up an offer such as this unless you are sure you know what the subsequent annual renewal cost for that domain name will be and would be comfortable paying it. I would rather build a site on a £2.95 per annum .co.uk domain name than take up a free .foo domain name and then have to pay £40 per annum thereafter!