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You can use a subdomain of your personal website for testing. There will still be a good domain name available when the project is ready to launch.

Because your idea is good, but not seven dollar good?

I mean really, if you're going to the trouble to fire up the IDE and actually write code for a new project, aren't you already a little bit committed? Like committed enough to spend four billable minutes worth of income on the domain name as insurance that it won't be gone in a few months' time?

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