Freenom is currently offering domain names for the first year.
They’re a domain name registrar which means that they allow you to buy and manage domain names off their marketplace.
While it is only specific domain names alias on offer, it’s still a great deal for those looking to create testing websites or get their foot online without spending any money first.
How to sign up for a free domain name with Freenom
Step 1 – Search for your own domain name on Freenom
Step 2 – Select your preferred domain name alias
Choose whether you want .tk, .ml, .ga, .cf, .gq as your domain name alias. Then click on Check out
Step 3 – Select your plan with Freenom
Select your plan from the list of options in the drop down menu after selecting your domain name alias.
Step 4 – Review your purchases
You’ll then need to share details to sign up, such as email address, etc. as per domain name registration requirements.
Review and confirm your email address, as they’ll send you a validation email to click and confirm your email address. You’ll have up to 24 hours to confirm your email address.
Step 5 – Make sure you validate your email address is correct
Confirm your email address by checking for their email in your inbox.
Step 6 – Enjoy your new free domain!
Pretty exciting, Gartner released it’s updated Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms.
The Gartner’s Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors based on their vision and ability to execute and help businesses to address their content management challenges.
Nothing particularly surprising here, as the expected key players are still leading. A trend that you would always see is that see that many of these players are either pure cloud based players (such as Google, Box) or have migrated their products to be cloud based (as Microsoft and Citrix did), including:
What’s VPN Gate?
VPN Gate is an online service that originally was created in Japan which aims to, in their words, expand the knowledge of “Global Distributed Public VPN Relay Servers”.
I like using their services, as it’s a great way to test how visitors at specific locations around the world can access your website. What they can see, how the links operate, checking if Web Application Firewalls on my website are being blocked if I blocked a specific country, that sort of stuff. Very useful in my industry (working in IT).
Requirements for VPN Gate
VPN Gate Client is currently freeware and primarily available for Windows. You can download the software program directly from their website or from CNET’s Download.com website.
Which version of VPN Gate do I install and download?
Download SoftEther VPN Client + VPN Gate Client Plugin
As I am writing this, this is the current version, though downloading a more recent version is often even better vpngate-client-2017.06.03-build-9634.138562.zip
Languages available: English, Japanese and Simplified Chinese
Windows, CPU: Intel x86 and x64
(Windows 98 SE / ME / 2000 SP4 / XP SP2, SP3 / Server 2003 SP2 / Vista SP1, SP2 / Server 2008 SP1, SP2 / Hyper-V Server 2008 / 7 SP1 / Server 2008 R2 SP1 / Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 / 8 / 10 / Server 2012 / Hyper-V Server 2012)
You do not need to install SoftEther VPN Server to use it.
If you are using MAC OS X or Android or iPhone, please check their online guide for how to install it on those devices, as you’ll be looking to rely on the device’s specific native VPN (Virtual Private Network) functions to get this working.
How do I use VPN Gate?
Once you install it, you’ll be able to select the countries to VPN from. It’ll look something like the following, however, it’ll also have more Regions to choose from.
So you select the Hostname (DDNS Hostname) you want to connect to and follow the prompts. The speed will always vary depending on the server and currently load on the server.