Beginner's guide to set up a free domain and Custom-email-id@domain

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If you want a custom email address for your site, for example contact@yourdomain.com.. Read on
IMPORTANT: for .com domain you need to pay, So for a free custom email id lets check out .co.cc domain (there are others as well like .co.nr, but i will try to cover .co.cc as i m more familiar with it)

Though these ideas are not new, have been shared many a times here.. But as the tips are in pieces i thought of putting it together.

Steps:
1) visit www.co.cc and search a domain for availability (the most common names are either unavailable or chargeable, so try to avoid searching for google.co.cc or yahoo.co.cc.. you will be simply wasting your time!!)
2) Once you have found a domain which is available and free, register for it.
3) It will lead you to login page, if you already are registered user log in or else create a new account.
4) Once your account is set, you can make changes to your selected domain. You can redirect it to your site. You can either choose path forwarding or mask url option etc..

IF YOU WANT CUSTOM EMAIL ID, do not close that domain set up page, here is the screenshot

Now as you can see in the screenshot, we need CNAME from google, which is very simple. Do not close that tab.. in new tab open http://www.google.com/a/cpanel/domain... , check on Administrator and type in yourdomain.co.cc (put your domain name here, for instance (monica-gurnani.co.cc in above example).. You will be redirected to a simple form, fill it out and follow the instructions. you will recieve the CNAME from google without any delay. Copy the code and paste in previous window where we were setting up the domain.
This way your domain is verified by google. Now rest for next 48 hours, google takes 48 hours to verify everything. Once it is verified you can easily access you email@yourdomain.co.cc
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In above post i have emphasized more on email setup, sorry for shortening the "domain setup steps". Here is brief tutorial about .co.cc setup.
Step-1: Visit .co.cc. You will see a search box there. Search for the domain name you wish. (most common names can be unavailable, you might need to search more sometimes).



Once you come across a domain name which is freely available, You can register the domain by clicking the button under it. Here is the screenshot:


That would lead you to login window, if you have an id login or else sign up:


If you click on sign up, you would get a form to fill up, something like this screenshot. Fill it up and click on create new account button:


Once you sign up, you would be easily able to register the domain you had searched for (sorry i dont remember the exact lines/word written there, i had done that long back). Once you acquire the domain, .co.cc would ask you to set it up. Click on set up option(alternatively you can also go to domain settings and do the same!) You will get to see something like this:


If you are a newbie, select the 3rd option "URL FORWARDING". After clicking on it, you would see some more options like this:





You need CName etc ONLY if you want a custom email address. Otherwise you dont need it.
Click on set up button and viola you are done!
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Most welcome Marije :)
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.co.cc could be dodgy you have to put your address in and everything!
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Thanks much more simple directions to follow..thought i was required to set up a google e-mail but you made it more clear that we have the option and its not required...thanks
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What do we put for the "Redirect to" part
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Hi, Brandon,

I am not familiar with this and as it is a third party we cannot offer support. Perhaps someone here on the forum can help or you can try www.co.cc and see if they can help you.
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Ok, I put in my published synthasite url but when I type in my co.cc domain name nothing comes up. The name I have registered is www.goddesigns.co.cc. The Synthasite url I gave them is correct, do you know why it isn't redirecting to my page? Please help.

Thanks!

-JW.
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Make sure you have published you site(click on publish my site button in synthasite web builder). and give them few hours. Sometimes they may take a day to fix it all
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Hi JW,

This usually happens when you have done everything right on your domain settings with .co.cc but have not published your site from SynthaSite to your own domain name. Go to "Publish My Site", choose the second option and add your own domain and then click Next and you will be taken through all the steps to publish your site.

If your site is already published to another domain name you can edit by clicking on the drop down arrow next to the yellow "Update My Site" button. Then click on "Publishing Settings" In the dialog box that opens up you will see an option to Manage your Domains. Use this to add in your new domain name.
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Ok, I found help on another website since this one never gave me enough info to get co.cc working. For those of you who want to set up using an A record/CNAME this is what you do:

1) Go to add record. Fill out the form as follows:

Host: yourdomain.co.cc (switch this part out with your co.cc domain)
TTL: 1H
Type: A
Value: 208.75.208.172

Click setup.

2) Next go back to add record. Fill out the form as follows:

Host: www
TTL: 1H
Type: CNAME
Value: hosting.synthasite.net

Click setup.

This will make it so that if somebody types your domain (in my case goddesigns.co.cc) it will come up if that is typed and also if www.goddesigns.co.cc is typed in as the url.

3) Wait for a few hours (up to 24 hours) and go into Synthasite and publish your site. Choose the second option and type in your domain name (in my case it was goddesigns.co.cc). Click the check button. If it comes up and says "pointing at nothing in particular" then you need to wait longer for co.cc to update.

This is what I got to work for me. Hope this helps somebody else too. To see the tutorial I looked at to get it working follow this link: http://docs.zetaboards.com/domains/cocc

Remember, you need to log into your co.cc account periodically or it may get deleted (according to the co.cc website).

-JW.
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Thanks JW, for the step-by-step help!
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wwwooww thank you so very much.. ;^)
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i cant able to Register a Domain @ co.cc its ask for money ? is free Service Closed ?
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the majority of the co.cc domains are free. i have two, and they are 100% free forever. if they ask for money for a domain name, i think it means that someone already owns that domain and they want to sell it, or its just a really popular name, or there is some sort of value on that domain. try searching for a free one, i wouldn't use co.nr because they are only a redirection service, and have no dns control, but you can use them if you wish
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Hi Hussain,

Have you considered publishing to a free subdomain on SynthaSite? Here's how to:
Click on the yellow "Publish My Site" button. A dialog box will open up, select a free subdomain by filling in the first box and follow the prompts to publish your site.

There are services that give away free domain names (but they are not dot coms) and a number of SynthaSite customers make use of these services to publish their sites. Here is one you may want to look at: http://www.freedomain.co.nr/

Kershnee
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Hi, you said i need to enter a URL of my own website. Do you have any idea where and how can i customize my own?I don't have any idea. thanks.
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Hi Mike - we have detailed information on publishing and getting your own domain on this link: http://www.yola.com/customer-support/.... Let us know if you have any other questions.
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Hi Monica,
Thank you so much for the idea! It was just what I was looking for. Thank you again.
Good luck in all your future endeavours!
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i didn't understood.. :(
what do we have to fill in Redirect to opt.?
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Kershnee

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Hi Alcoolcool - are you referring to the steps given Monica? Can you please tell us in more detail which step you are having difficulty with?
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Hello I need help. How can i add a co.cc domain to Yolasite? I have tried but it says that the domain it's not pointed or something.? How can I? I love using yola but I want to use my own personalized domain .co.cc and I want to add it to Yola. Please help me.

Thanks in advance.
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Kershnee

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Please can we have your domain name URL.
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Dgall

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I never realized this was so easy
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This may seem like a really stupid question, but what is the difference between using co.cc instead of using google apps for a domain name email.
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the site is probably dodgy
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Hi have just registered my domain but what to I write in Redirect To(URL) : http:// - section.
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Hi Surinder,

Redirecting to your site means, that you redirect your published site (with yolasite subdomain) to your new co.cc domain. If you didn't publish your site yet, you have to choose a subdomain and publish it first. There is another option in co.cc, you can also set two A records pointing to the IP address of Yola, but the first option is simpler.
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Hi Surinder

These 2 tutorials may be helpful to you in assigning and pointing your .co.cc domain to Yola:

1) Assigning domains and creating a primary domain

2) Publish to a domain you already own

If you need any help, please let us know.

Good luck!
Nazlie
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http://zeeis.me/free-domain-name-host... The blog of zee. he gives away domain names and webhosting to deserving people
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FUC*!!!!!!!!!!!! .CO.CC IS PAID IDIOT!
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This thread was begun four years ago!
It won't be current info as nothing lasts that long on the web.
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There are still free options at co.cc, check it!