Many of you are using free .ga domains provided by Freenom. If you are using using a .ga domain, you may notice that the domain is down right now.
The reason for this is that ANINF, the National Agency for Digital Infrastructure and Frequencies of the Gabonese Republic, is reclaiming ownership of the .ga extension, and will be managed by the French registry Afnic.
They also wrote that:
As part of this switch-over operation, several million domain names will be deleted as the previous operator has not provided the data that concern them.
The statement seems to imply that ALL registrations have been dropped, including all free registrations. The statement makes it clear that they have no intent to allow free registrations again, and instead want to focus on customers who want to use the domains in relation to Gabon. Registration services will be resumed at some point and the domains will be available for anyone to purchase.
In other words: all free .ga domains are gone and you won’t get them back (unless you buy the domain, presumably).
Most if not all .ga sites hosted with InfinityFree will be down, as well as .ga sites hosted by other providers. This is done by the government of Gabon, and not something you or we have any control over.
If you are looking for a way to make your site public for free, we recommend using a free subdomain instead.
Freenom is in hot water right now. New registrations have been disabled since March, primarily due to a law suit from Meta. The company is also under investigation by the Court of Amsterdam since late last year due to a dispute with an investor, and in general doesn’t appear to have been profitable since 2016. Meanwhile, the contracts for many of the domain extensions they manage are coming up, and it is possible that Freenom may lose control of other extensions (like .ml, .cf and .gq) as well, which may result in free domains getting deleted.
Therefore, we recommend that everyone who currently is using a Freenom domain should prepare for the event that domains with their other extensions may be lost as well.