10 Useful Tools for Finding the Perfect Domain Name

By / Nov 16, 2009 / Tools

Finding the right domain name is an important step in creating a successful website. Luckily there are tools out there to help you in this process by not only helping you find available domain names, but also helping you in the creative aspect by giving you suggestions. Here are 10 of these tools to help you find that perfect domain name.


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Domize is a ajax powered domain name search engine. Domize will check whether unavailable domain names can be bought on the secondary market or whether they’re soon expiring. Most incredibly, Domize runs these additional checks in next to no time, meaning you’re spending less time waiting for page reloads or starting at spinning icons and more time finding your perfect domain name.


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dnScoop.com attempts to estimate a value for an established website or a domain name by using factors such as: links pointing to the domain, popularity of the domain, age of the domain, and pagerank of the domain.

Ajax Whois

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Ajax Whois is a comprehensive and easy to use service for finding available domain names and obtaining WHOIS and other information about registered domain names.


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Squurl is an ajax powered domain finder that makes your searches quick and painless. It also has a handy domain shortening feature.


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Domainr helps you find domain names beyond the usual .com’s, .net’s, and .org’s.

Domain Tools

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Domain Tools gives you a wide range of tools for finding domains such as suggestions, whois lookup, and for sale searches.


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DomainsBot helps you find the right domain name by giving you advanced search features.


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Dot-o-mator gives you domain name suggestions based on a keyword that you provide, and allows you to save the suggestions to a scratchboard. There’s even an iPhone app.

Bust a Name

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Bust a Name is a tool to help you find domains and manage them. It combines linguistic data with a unique interface to let you quickly search through thousands of domains and see which are available.


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NameBoy generates domain names based on the keywords you enter, and you can register or back-order them.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • Samuel Garneau

    You should add DomainTyper which have a wonderful Web 2.0 Name Generator. http://domaintyper.com/

    Great list though !

  • http://designrfix.com Tony

    I will definitely use this next time i am in search of a domain name. Thanks!

  • http://www.exitoweb.com.ar Facundo Corradini

    Excellent tools.

    Another one that i really like is http://wordoid.com/

  • peter
  • http://www.localkick.com Curtis

    Nice set of tools, I use a few of these often and now have a few new ones to test. Don’t underestimate the SEO impact of your domain name.

  • http://designinformer.com Design Informer

    Thank you for this round-up. Definitely some domain tools that I haven’t seen before. Will check these out.

  • http://www.designfollow.com/ designfollow

    very useful

    thank you

  • http://www.steve-edge.com Edge Design Ltd

    This is a great set of tools! Thanks. So important for seo as well as user eye recognition when seeing in list of other results.

  • http://www.nopun.com Noel Wiggins

    I have herd of stuck domain but now I am excited to know there are a bunch others I can try.

    in this day and age people want to have their company name as the URL when if they could get a domain name that would best match up with what they do ie:

    professional-graphic-design.com instead of nopun.com what is and who the hell is nopun!

    wow maybe I should take a look at these sites for myself…

    Thanks and Regards

    Noel for Nopun.com
    a graphic design studio

  • http://www.twitter.com/redtruckmkt RedTruck

    Don’t forget http://www.sedo.com. Just because a domain name is registered doesn’t mean it isn’t available.

  • http://churchmojo.com Mark Alves

    Once in a while these services will come up with a false positive. It’s a good idea to cross check the results with a whois lookup to confirm that the domain is truly available.

  • http://www.reflectiv.net cx42net

    You could also add http://www.whoismyproject.com that have a nice web2.0 ui and offers collaborative mode by sharing the url key.

    The great advantage is that everyone can add available domain and everyone else will see the modifications in the basket.

    You really should try it ! :)

  • http://www.wpsmash.com WPSMASH.COM

    Thank you for this great post!

  • http://www.kaplang.com/blog Michelle

    hey some of these are really good :) thanks for sharing them.

  • http://www.squadhelp.com Rachel Shaw

    Great list of resources! I think this will be extremely helpful for individuals looking for good names. I also recommend http://www.squadhelp.com for finding great domain names. This site uses the “wisdom of crowds” allowing users across the world to submit domain name suggestions. The best suggestion wins a prize that is setup in advance by the contest holder, creating a win win situation for every one.

  • http://www.domainsatretail.com/ Domains at Retail

    From the above list I always use domainsbot for my searching. It’s so quick to check domains as you type and never gives me any problems. Also has a great feature if you submit the page where it gives you suggestions as well.

  • http://www.squadhelp.com Company Name Suggestions

    Thank you for a well written article! I think this is a good resource for individuals looking for good names. I also recommend http://www.squadhelp.com for finding great domain names. This site has a great naming community, allowing users across the world to submit domain name suggestions. The best suggestion wins a prize that is setup in advance by the contest holder, creating a win win situation for every one.Contests start at $35 and users typically receive 200+ good name suggestions within 2 days[

  • http://www.zagoumenov.com Online marketing Calgary

    Henry, thanks a lot for putting the list together! I’ve been looking for tools like that myself and Google would spit domain farms instead. This is an extremely useful list, will definitely Stumble!

  • http://internetmarketingservices.nu Chris Miller

    I had only heard of a couple of these, great post!

  • http://www.paulcaparas.com Paul Caparas

    Thanks for sharing. This list is great!

  • http://www.missattitude.fr soutien gorge

    thank you, it’s a nice topic

  • http://toptenblogthemes.com Chris

    Thank you for sharing these domain tools.

    Beautiful site!

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    Saved as a favourite, I really like your blog!

  • http://www.supercrew.ca Calgary Basement Contractor

    It’s actually amazing how much relevancy value Google attributes to a website’s domain name. It’s extremely difficult competing again exact match domain names even if you have a diverse backlink profile. Thanks for the post though, I’ve been looking for a tool like Domize for a long time.


  • http://www.gomediaonline.com Chris Tompkins

    Great list!! Will pass this onto my clients!

  • http://www.snakebytez.com Vikram Sawant

    Thanks a ton, This is very useful esp w hen you going to buy domains in bulk.

  • http://www.360tips.org zac

    Great list here
    Thanks for sharing