Domain availability tool – does anyone own the website name you want?

If you’re looking at setting up a new website and want to see if a domain name you like is registered, or just need to find out who owns a domain – this is the free tool to use.

powered by Namecheap

How to use: Type the exact domain name into the box above, including the extension you want, such as .com. Click on the “Search” button and it’ll open the result in a new window and show whether the name is available or not. If it isn’t it’ll show you other extensions of the name and whether they’re for sale.

Any problems with the form please get in touch. At this time not all extensions are supported, if the one you require isn’t included in the drop-down options then use the search function to find another free WHOIS tool elsewhere.

What to do next once you’ve found a domain?

You’re obviously on an adventure to set up a new website and create a profitable business, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be here! Once you have located a domain name that nobody else owns then it means you can register the name so you are the legal owner until it expires.

Domain registration conversation

If you have done it before then you probably have a registrar you like to use. But it’s always good to shop around for the lowest prices on registration fees. If you’ve not done it before then a good place to start is NameCheap, that is who is used for this Affpinions website and is recommended as a good place to look, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shop around. NameCheap also do good web hosting if you need that too. Good luck with your business venture.

Thanks to the photograher rawpixel and distributor Unsplash for the fun image. Edited by Affpinions to add speech bubble.

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