Picking a domain name for your new business, product or service is often the most challenging part of launching an enterprise. After all, you want a website that is easy to remember, does not have too long a name and will stand out among the crowd of websites on similar topics. The process of picking a name is complicated by the fact that so many domain names have already been taken.
To help you achieve the often difficult task of selecting a domain name, we have compiled a list of useful tools and websites.
Ajax Whois: This website allows you to type a domain name and see its availability instantly.
Blungr: To use this simple domain name generator, type one or two keywords, choose settings and get the results, including domain name availability.
Bust a Name: After you enter relevant keywords, this tool will try every combination and tell you which domain names are available.
Domain Exposer: This website generates domain names based upon keywords, length and the TLD you want.
DomainHole.com: This site’s tools include expired domain search, a name spinner, instant availability check and a name generator. Interviewed by DomainSherpa: “How to Find The Perfect Domain Name for Your Business – with Brad Pineau“.
Domains Bot: This website provides a name spinner, allowing you to find domain names similar the one you enter. It also allows you to buy available and suggested domain names at third-party aftermarkets.
DomainFinder: This web application will help you find domain name hacks from a suggested word.
DomainMasher.com: A domain name/business name idea generation tool that combines a thesaurus and a domain availability checker into an interesting and usable interface design.
DomainNameSoup.com: This website helps with selecting a domain name through its searchable database and name generator.
Domain Tools: This tool uses its “name-spinning” semantic domain name technology to suggest up to 100 domain names.
DomainTyper: This tool allows you to type in a domain name and find alternative suggestions and domain name hacks. It also has an iPhone app (http://domaintyper.com/iPhone).
Domize: As soon as you start typing a domain name, a domain name search engine begins looking up its availability. Domize provides a secure search environment, and suggests other, available names similar to your initial request.
Dot-o-mator: Enter a word (or words), choose some endings (or enter your own), then click to combine them. If you see a name you like, you can check its availability or save it to your scratchboard. Also provides a Web 2.0 name generator.
Impossibility!: You provide a keyword and this tool combines it with a selected list of nouns, verbs and adjectives. It then presents the resulting list of unregistered .com domain names.
Instant Domain Search: Ajaxy-search checks availability for .com, .net, .org, .biz, .mobi and .co.
JabberWordy: This website provides a nonsensical domain name generator and availability checker.
Lean Domain Search: Free, simple, user-friendly way to find great available domain names; pay option exists with more suggestions. Discussed in Developing Software As a Service for Recurring Monthly Income – With Matt Mazur interview.
Nameboy: This website will generate domain names based on the primary or secondary keywords you enter, and gives you the option to allow hyphens and/or rhyming.
NXdom: This website provides an interactive search engine for available short domain names. You can search by prefix and suffix, and sort the results by length, readability and popularity.
SuggestName: This website provides a domain name generator with optional predefined categories, and availability checker.
Namestation: This website includes domain name search tools, a random domain name generator, social naming contests and niche keyword research.
NameThingy: This website helps you create and generate random blog, website and domain names through its keyword generator.
NameVine: Scans .com and .us, as well as major social media handles. Then it suggests alternative domain names that are available.
Randomainer: This website provides a domain name research tool that creates phonetic word variations and checks available domain names.
Snapitnow: This website allows you to type in some keywords, select some options (e.g., flip-flop keywords, .com only, etc.) and generate domain name options.
Stuck Domains: This website allows searching of domain names that have recently expired or dropped, with search options like “.com,” “6-letter” and “exclude hyphen.”
Wordoid: A webapp that helps you invent a made-up name that looks nice, contains a word provided by you (optional) and sounds natural in English, Spanish, French, Italian or German.
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