Farewell Co.CC?

Update 5/03/2013 ~ I am noticing a lot of people are finding this website via Googling if Co.CC is going to return. Sadly I doubt it is going to come back at all.

For those with better memory than a gold-fish on crack, a year or so back I wrote an article about Co.cc and how you can use them with email and I also did a Co.cc referral review but it seems as of today they might have pulled the plug.

For those that may not know, Co.CC was a free sub domain service that gave you a sub domain (like snat.co.cc) and then gave you full DNS access so you could use it as you would a normal domain and the service worked great – even I used them for a few throw away domains but that is where the problem came in.

Due to its free nature (and it’s $10 for as many as you want), Co.CC was abused and used for scams and spamming and was even de-listed by Google at one point although they did re-enable it. Getting back to the article on hand a few days ago Co.CC seems to have removed its DNS records which ultimately has stops its own site from working and every sub domain it provided.

The reasoning why this has happened isn’t known and I tried looking everywhere. Could have been disabled due to an attack and yet to come up, could have exchanged ownership and yet to come back online, could the owner no longer want to run the service or did the folks behind .cc wanted it gone.

At this point I do not think we will ever find out but still sad to see a good service gone. For those that used Co.CC I doubt it will be coming back online or at the very least not coming back online any time soon. For anyone looking for a replacement service I would advised to get an actual domain but if you can not afford that (or simply do not want to pay) I would recommend you either go with a Dot.TK domain or pick one of the many subdomains on FreeDNS @ Afraid.org.

If I learn anything else about this I will update this article but if you do know something then please do comment below.


16 November 2012

It has came to my attention that it is possible that the domain itself may have been suspended as the domain as of right now is “Status clientHold” when you check the Whois for the domain. This is often used when a domain has been suspended. I am guessing that the abuse issues they had in the past became such an issue, the people that runs the .cc domains may have had enough of the co.cc domain and have it on turned off. In other words the people behind Co.CC itself may have not shut it all down but rather having issues with the people that runs .cc. If this is the case, there may be a chance the domain will come back up.

If it will come back is something no one knows yet.

Publish on November 15th, 2012 by Matthew Ellis (Snat).

Edited on March 5, 2013.

... and now it is your turn!

Do you have anything to add to this rant or do you simply agree or disagree. Do comment below what you think, we all love hearing about it. Please do read the Comment Policy and Rules.

What you lot had to say ...

  1. Nav on November 15, 2012

    What can I say, it has hit me hard. My website has gone down and so did the mail with it. I have purchased a new domain and already uploaded my site onto it but some major tweaking remains. Plus, I lost the Google apps email now. Even with the new domain, my email id will still change. I am so sad. I hope it comes back online though so that my old email comes back online.

    • Snat on November 15, 2012 (TFYP Author)

      I know that feeling quite well. I had quite a few websites I was trying to start up and well, any traffic they had is long gone now. In regards to your email that as much as it sucks, at least with Google Apps you can keep the emails and you can always email anyone to knew that had it and say you updated the email.

      Still a lot of hassle though.

    • alanaktion on June 18, 2013

      I wouldn’t ever depend on a free domain service to run anything you really care about. Same goes for free web and email hosts. It’s so cheap to buy a real domain and rent a decent server, there’s no reason to go free on anything you really care about.

      • Snat on June 19, 2013

        Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

  2. Jam on November 18, 2012

    It’s hit me hard too. I had all my emails hosted by google apps. Best bet is to backup (http://www.gmail-backup.com/i-want-migrate-google-apps-gmail-account-standard-myalias-gmail-com-account-how) and restore to your new domain.

    • Snat on November 18, 2012 (TFYP Author)

      While it is sad to hear about the emails, that is a useful link!

      • jam on November 25, 2012

        One thing to bear in mind- It doesn’t appear to backup sent mail.

      • Snat on November 25, 2012

        Oh that sucks. Thought it may have, pretty sure all Gmail does is tag every sent mail with the label “sent”.

  3. Nidhi on December 7, 2012

    Sad thing, thanks to your link, i just moved to dot.tk

    • Snat on December 16, 2012

      Hopefully Dot.TK works better for you. Make sure to visit your site though often, they do suspend domains that gets no traffic over X amount of days.

      • aakif on December 19, 2012

        I’ve been using both co.cc and .rk..

        .tk is used to deleting popular domains :t

      • Snat on December 19, 2012

        I have heard this from a lot of people but I still do run quite a few .TK domains that gets a lot of traffic. I do know though they are very rough on renewing it, even if you miss a day it is gone.

  4. Nisarg on January 12, 2013

    its truly verry sad i also lost but you can create on .co.nr domain just what i did. or you can also try .cu.cc but then also i wish it soon back on web

    • Snat on January 12, 2013 (TFYP Author)

      It is highly unlikely Co.CC is going to come back and even if so people will not trust the service in future.

      Better to just get a domain or at most a free .TK.

  5. feelingluckymigncheng on January 28, 2013

    I want my $10 back

    • Snat on January 28, 2013 (TFYP Author)

      It is a real shame no one will be getting any money back from CO.CC. You are best to move on and forget about them.

  6. Hello world… again! on March 8, 2013

    […] Google’s banning of all .co.cc websites and subsequent closing down of the .co.cc provider, my old blog also had to go away. Although I was a bit disappointed about it, I got very engrossed […]

TFYP Comment Rules