CO.CC Closes Without Warning

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  1. roundabout

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    A bit late on this, just heard the news actually today.

    Co.CC closes down without warning - Users locked out of their own site

    The ever popular Co.CC company which provided free as well as paid Co.CC domains has closed down, without giving any warning to the customers. All the Co.CC domains are currently down and can no longer be accessed. Co.CC had stopped accepting new users some time before they closed down. Users were used to be greeted with a message saying “A new domain cannot be registered” .


    As of now, the company has not given any formal statement about the closing down of their service. Customers, unsure of what has happened and whether or not it is a “problem” which can be fixed, have taken to the company’s Facebook page to voice their anger.

    Many speculations are being made as to what might have caused the company to close down their service(if it did close down.) Co.CC domains were notorious for their website contents. It was mostly used by spammers (to create “splogs”), hackers, and for hateful speeches, copyright infringement and different illegal purposes. In fact, in July 2011 Google had removed over 11 million websites from its search results due to the domains being largely used by spammers. Google did start re-indexing the sites later, though. Facebook had also resorted to block the Co.CC domains from being mentioned on the chat.

    People are taking this (i.e the site being used for spamming and illegal purposes) as a reason why the company could have closed down. It could also be that one of their domain is under investigation for some illegal act.

    Another possibility could be that, the registrar of the main Co.CC company itself took the action as to bring the company down.

    There are also many legitimate users of Co.CC domains and the sudden shut-down has struck as a nightmare to them. I guess, even if the company does return back, many of the customers will definitely stop using their domains, as a company which closes down without giving any warning to its customers is not trust-able at all.

    Without any formal response from the company, we can’t say for sure what might have triggered such an action. But, I hope they return back, with a good reason for their down time and with a promise to take stricter actions against spammers.

    For those of you who are looking for an alternative, I have made a list of probable Co.CC alternatives. All of the free domains suggested here are indexed by Google as of the moment of making this post. So, you don’t need to worry about not ranking on search engine. But, we can’t be sure what will happen at a later date. Facebook, however, could have blocked multiple of them.


    DotTk provide free top level domains which belongs to the country Tokelau. They provide URL redirection service as well as DNS support for the domains. However, there is a special condition that your website must get at least 25 visits per 90 days in order to keep using the .tk domain. There are also lots of unfavorable reviews of .tk on the web. Users say that after you start getting lots of traffic, they get unreasonably strict regarding your site’s content and then park your website at Sedo for their profit.


    You can register up to 100 domain names for free. They offer free DNS service with full MX, A, CNAME and SOA records as well. There is also an affiliate program in place through which you can make money by referring your friends. They have 24 hour abuse report response policy which is very good for a free domain service.

    What earlier used to be CZ.CC has now reborn as You can register unlimited number of free domains with extension but be sure to use it on a ready made website since they automatically close your account if your site doesn’t get visits for 10 days.


    They provide more than 40 .tc sub domains, URL redirection, cloaking and full DNS management services for free. One of their most popular sub domain is Unlike new free domain providers that come up every once in a while, Smartdots which is a sub-service of Interdots has been around since always, so their service is used by many.


    Here is a list of other free sub domain providers. Go through their site to learn about them in detail. As mentioned earlier, only the ones that are indexed by Google are listed here. If you find any of the domains that are not indexed by Google, then please let us know.

    Suffix Registrar’s website


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