As you probably heard, domain names are the real state of the 21st century. Whether you want to build a personal blog of a startup company, the first step will be to find a good and available domain name. The task is not an easy one, but with the help of the 30 tools we listed below we are sure you’ll manage it!
This website offers a wide range of domain search tools. Particularly useful are the lists of available domains. For example, you can view lists of available domains with 5, 6, 7 and 8 characters, and use filters to refine the results.
A complete suite of domain name search tools. Here you’ll find word manipulation tools, random domain generators, tools to search for domains with a specific length and so on.
SaveSpell offers a database of domains that expired recently. On the homepage you’ll find the list of the most recent expired domains, and you can also use the search function and filters to refine the results.
Very interesting tool that allows you to find domains about to expire. You can choose the date to look for, and the tool will even order the list according to an internal quality score. Notice that you might need to wait some days before the domains listed here become available.
Just like thousands of domains are registered every day, thousand others are not renewed by their owners and become available in the market again. With StuckDomains you can search for these dropped domains using keywords or other filters.
Looking for a brandable domain? This tool is what you need. It creates a list of random words, and checks whether the respective domain is available or not. You can specify the length of the words and what characters should be used.
This tool will generate hundreds of domain ideas for you. You just need to specify how the domains should start and/or, and the tool will output the suggestions in real time.
A wordoid is a made-up word that looks and feels like a real one. This tool will generate dozens of wordoids for you, and they can be great to name a startup or Web 2.0 company.
This tool enables you to see which domains are registered and which are available as you type them in the search box, letter by letter. It checks the .com, .net and .org extensions.
10. Ajax Whois
Another real time domain research tool. It works similarly to Instant Domain Search, but it has more features. For example, it allows you to search more extensions, and it also has an iPhone app and a Firefox extension.
11. Psychic Whois
With Psychic Whois you can also see the available domains in real time, but it creates a list of suggestions as you type the letter.
Domize works like the other real time search tools, with one difference: it will break down the word you input. If you type “marketing”, for example, the tool will check the availability of mar.com, mark.com, marke.com, market.com, marketi.com, marketin.com and marketing.com (it also checks the .net, .org and .biz extensions).
One of the best domain research tools on the Internet. Simply insert any number of keywords, prefixes, or suffixes, and the service will mix and match them for you, revealing what domains are available out of the formed combinations.
AptDomain will mix and match words for you, just like Bust A Name. The difference is that each words has a “Synonyms” link you can click to explore and add the synonyms of that word to the list.
A basic tool that offers domain name ideas. All you need to do is type in a primary keyword (and a secondary one if you want), and it will display a list with relevant domain names, highlighting which extensions of the domain are registered and which are available.
A domain hack is a trick used to form a word by combining both the domain name and its extension. Examples include bla.st (blast), del.icio.us (delicious), and blo.gs (blogs). Once you input a keyword, this tool will automatically create the domain hacks for you with extensions from around the world.
This tool works like other real time domain searchers, but apart from checking the normal domains it will also list for you the available domain hacks. As a bonus there is a Web 2.0 domain generator tool on the left side.
Another tool that will create domain hacks for you. Domai.nr is supposed to search among 280 top level extensions and 2,014 second level ones.
This tool operates like a domain name search engine. After you type in some keywords it will create a list of related domains for you. The more keywords you include, the bigger the list. You can also use filters to refine the results.
This tool offered by GoDaddy is really useful if you want to research a large amount of domains at the same time. You can list up to 500 words in the input box, and choose from a wide range of extensions (e.g., .co, .me, .asia, .mx). After that hit “Search” and the tool will tell you which domains are available.
The tool allows you to choose a set of pre-defined prefixes and suffixes, and then it will mix and match them for you, checking if the resulting domains are available or not. You can also add your own prefixes and suffixes.
Domain Tools offers a wide range of tools for domain owners. If you are looking for available domain names, however, you should check the “Domain Suggestions” one. Simply input a keyword and the tool will create a large list of domain suggestions for you.
23. Domain Exposer
This tool will automatically add adjectives, nouns, business words and other categories of words to your specified keyword. You can also select the starting and ending characters, as well as the length of the domain.
24. Shout Domains
This website offers two interesting tools: Domain Word Combiner and Domain Word Cruncher. The first one will combine words (e.g., adjectives, prefixes and suffixes) to your chosen keyword, while the second tool will make up words for you. The results are displayed in a real time list on the right side.
If you are looking to get domains with foreign extensions, this tool is just what you need. It can search for domains with extensions on Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Oceania.
26. Domain Fellow
Simply select a keyword, a category, and whether you want to add prefixes or suffixes. The tool will do the rest for you, creating a list with hundreds of domain suggestions.
Short domains tend to be very valuable, and that is why all the 3-letter domains are already gone. There are still some 4-letter domains available, though, and this tool will help you find them.
28. Readable Domains
This tool will help you find 5-letter domains instead. You just need to insert a base domain (e.g., zoloc.com) and the tool will swap the vowels for you and check if the resulting words are available domains or not.
29. Domain Pigeon
If you are going to build a website you’ll probably create a Twitter account for it too, right? Domain Pigeon will help you on this task, and it has a lit of available domain names where the respective Twitter user name is also available.
Another tool you can use to generate Web 2.0 and startup names. You just need to click on “Generate” and one company name will be suggested to you, along with its status (i.e., whether it is available or not).