Historically, SiteGround has not offered a free domain name with hosting. However, for February 2023, SiteGround offers a free domain name with SiteGround’s shared hosting.
It is still being determined how long this offer will last, so we recommend you take advantage of it while you can. However, be assured that we will update this article if the offer changes.
In this article, we will show you the following:
- What domain extensions qualify for the free domain offer.
- How much you will save by taking advantage of the offer.
- How to get a free domain with SiteGround.
- Brief summary of how easy it is to manage your domain with SiteGround.
- Finally, we will answer some frequently asked questions about the offer.
Let’s get started.
What domain extensions qualify as free domains at SiteGround?
The exact domain extensions that qualify for the free domain offer depend on your location. For instance, .co.uk is only free for UK customers.
However, the most popular domain extensions are free for all customers, including .com, .org, .biz, .info, .nl, and .net.
When you sign up for SiteGround, any domains that are part of the offer will be displayed in a green box under the “Popular” heading. When you select a domain, the price will be displayed as “Free”.
Here is a screenshot showing the free domain extensions for UK customers:
TMD Hosting Domain Pricing: How much can you save with a free domain?
The table below gives you an idea of how much you can save (versus SiteGround domain renewal prices):
|.co.uk (UK only)||£14.99|
It gets even cheaper if you deduct the monthly cost of a .com domain of $1.67 ($19.99 / 12) from the first year hosting cost.
The table below gives you an idea of the effective monthly hosting cost for the first year of a 12-month GrowBig plan:
|Pricing Plan||Promo Code Price||First Year Effective Price|
How to get a free domain with SiteGround
To get a free domain with SiteGround, you must sign up for a hosting plan. The free domain is only available with their shared hosting plans.
You must order your domain at the point of signing up to include it in your hosting plan. You cannot add a free domain to an existing hosting plan or add a free domain later.
If you need inspiration for your domain, check out our list of random domain name generators.
You can find a complete list of SiteGround’s current deals here.
Right, let’s get that free domain right now.
Click the link below to be taken to SiteGround’s shared hosting page.
If the offer is active, you will see a banner at the top of the page stating the initial discount plus the free domain.
See the screenshot below to see what the offer looks like.
If you scroll down the page, you will see the pricing tables for the different hosting plans. Again, you will clearly see that a free domain is included with all hosting plans.
- The first “StartUp” only allows one website on the account and has limited resources (sufficient for approximately 10k visitors per month).
- The other plans allow unlimited websites and significantly more resources (sufficient for approximately 100k visitors per month).
You can check all the differences between the two plans by clicking the “Compare Hosting Plans” link underneath the pricing tables.
We recommend the “GrowBig” plan in most cases, as this will give your more resources, 30% faster PHP, site staging, and on-demand backup copies.
Once you have decided on your chosen plan, click “Get Plan”.
Here, you can choose your free domain, use a premium extension, or use a domain you already own.
As discussed previously, the free domain extensions are located in the green box under the “Popular” heading. You will see this list by clicking on the drop-down menu for the domain extension.
Choose your domain extension and enter your domain name.
Then click “Proceed”. You will be taken to the next step if your domain is available.
There are a few things that you should check here before using completing your purchase:
Hosting plan - Make sure you choose the right hosting plan for your needs.
Location - We recommend you choose a location close to most of your visitors. This increases website performance as your website files have less distance to travel from the server to the user.
Billing period - With the discount on SiteGround hosting, the longer you pay upfront, the more you save. Make sure the SiteGround discount is applied. The discount only applies to the 12-monthly plans.
Extra services - Most web hosts will try and up-sell with additional services, and SiteGround is no different. Choose carefully, as this will increase the price of your hosting. Here you will see that your free domain is included in the price.
Once you have checked all the information and entered all your billing and personal information, proceed to payment.
Managing your Free Domain at SiteGround
Managing your domain at SiteGround is very easy with their client area and their custom-built control panel called Site Tools.
You will find further information about the relevant parts of these interfaces via the links below:
- SiteGround Client Area: Here you can manage nameservers, auto-renew, and other domain settings.
- SiteGround Site Tools: Here, you can add parked domains, subdomains, and redirects. You can also manage DNS records.
However, as you have purchased your domain with SiteGround, your domain should be automatically configured to work with your hosting account once you create your website.
SiteGround Free Domain FAQs
What is the SiteGround free domain offer?
The SiteGround free domain offer is a promotional deal that gives you a free domain for one year.
Who is the free SiteGround domain name offer available for?
The SiteGround free domain offer is available to new and existing customers when you sign up for a new hosting product.
I made a mistake when choosing the domain name. Can I change it?
According to SiteGround’s refund policy, domain names are not refundable. Here is what they say:
Domain name fees are not refundable and may be due upon cancellation, even if waived initially as part of a special promotion.
I didn't register a free domain on sign-up. Can I still get a free domain?
No, you must choose your free domain when you sign up.
I have a domain at another registrar. Can I transfer it and take advantage of the free domain offer.
No. Their offer during the sign-up process is only for new domains.