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Domain Name Search Availability: How to Find a Domain Name

Domain Name Search Availability: How to Find a Domain Name

How do you find whether or not a domain name is available? You know, how do you check the domain name search availability? For many, I have seen them go to their favorite web browser and simply type the domain name to see if something comes up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Just because a domain name doesn’t “show content” and there’s a website associated with the domain name doesn’t mean that it’s available for registration.

If you simply rely on your web browser’s ability or inability to resolve a domain name or show an actual website when your browser, then you’re not checking properly. There are, in fact, several reasons why an already-registered domain name might not show something. Here are some of the reasons that I can think of:

– The domain name owner hasn’t set up a website yet.
– The website is down.
– The website has too much traffic and can’t handle all the requests.
– The domain name owner doesn’t want to put a website up. Some actually think that their “premium name” is more valuable if there is no content on it.
– The domain name owner doesn’t want to pay for web hosting, so there is not site on it.
– The domain name is redirected to another domain name.

Currently, the only proper way to see if a domain name is truly “available for registration” is to check the whois for the domain name. Even then, you can run into issues, as many of the whois services don’t offer “live data”. So, if someone registered the domain name 3 minutes ago, one whois server might say that it’s available when it’s not. So, checking multiple whois services can be the way to go. Here’s a list:

http://whois.domaintools.com/
https://www.whois.net
http://www.whois.com/
https://who.is/
https://who.godaddy.com/
https://www.namecheap.com/domains/whois.aspx
http://www.register.com/whois.rcmx

https://whois.icann.org
https://www.internic.net/whois.html

The last two tend to be fairly reliable, and oftentimes may show the whois data from some TLDs (Top Level Domains) that others don’t. Some might show data from .com, .net, and .org but not certain ccTLDs (Country Code TLDs).

Finally, if you’re interested in one particular domain name, look at the whois data, and inquire about the domain name. A email inquiry (i.e., Is thisdomainname.com for sale?) can go a long way, you may be able to acquire it for a reasonable price.

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