Free Subdomain .NOM.ZA

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Extra Suffixes
Free Domains 1
Years Active 17
Geo-targetable πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦
Is Indexed? true
Is TLD? true
Supports IDN true
Notes Only personal use with no financial gain. Possibly limited to South Africans.
DNS Records A, AAAA, NS, SPF
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NOM.ZA is a second-level domain in .za (South Africa) namespace. It is meant for individual personal use, and registrations by companies or brand names will not be accepted. The TOS states:

use […] is expected by individuals wishing to register their given, legal, or last names.

As with other subdomains, you don't own a NOM.ZA domain, you only get custody of it. If you don't actively use your NOM.ZA domain for a period of 60 days, you agree to relinquish the right to it, so no domain squatting. Just in 2020, they did a huge purge of inactive accounts. NomZa is run by individuals and supposedly, after 10,000 domains get registered, "a general meeting of the domain custodians will be called in Johannesburg […] to decide on the future" of the domain.

With NOM.ZA part of the ISC DLV registry, a recognized ISPA member, and a ZADNA/ZACR co-signer, and its availability on IPv6 implies at least somebody is taking it seriously and that NOM.ZA is here to stay.

What Users Are Saying

Chris Fornesa, a NOM.ZA user himself, gives a good overview:


  • A free, legitimate domain name.
  • You don't have to be a South African to register.
  • Websites using this domain seem reputable for the most part.
  • Decent goal set by NOM.ZA of community ownership.


  • Only NS records may be used (though with free Dynamic DNS services that isn't too much of an issue β€” I use Namecheap's DNS)
  • LONG waiting period (around a week) before you know whether your name is deemed "acceptable" and you're subject to the same waiting period if/when you choose to change your hostnames.

REMEMBER: The name you choose HAS to be your name or a variation of it in order for it to be approved, although this is self-explanatory and so, despite any possible inconveniences, I wouldn't consider this a "con" per se.

All in all, I would say that this is a great service, however, be well-aware of the potentially long waiting period for it, and if you want to host your domain on services like Tumblr or Blogger, you should probably register for a dynamic DNS service, so that you can associate your name with sites that require A or CNAME records. My only major complaint is the long waiting period, but I would imagine the demand for something of this sort.