@cleverdevil I had a .tk domain in the early 00s that was free but they put an iframe with ads on every page if I recall correctly. At the time it was worth it to me, but I would not do such a thing now. Something similar but really free would be great.
That might work for people that understand LetsEncrypt (non-trivial) but will fail to address what I think your main point is: more people (not developers) to own their content. This still all very esoteric and difficult for people