14 Free Tools And Services For Better Domain Name Search / Management
Every designer & developer has at least few domain names (some of us has many).
Also, we all have projects in mind that searching the domain names for them is sometimes the biggest joy of the project as it is an important process.
The tools & services mentioned in this post are not the "all" solutions you can find but, considering domain names are valuable assets, they are the ones I experienced or still using regarding managing & searching for domain names. And they work great.
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Domize – Very Fast Domain Search
Domize is a simple but very effective & fast domain search site which shows you results while you type. It looks for the availability of all possible domains by removing the last letters of the searched word like: testsearch, testsearc, testsear & so..
It also has an iPhone interface and can be integrated to any website via a widget.
An Ajax domain name search which also lets you to see the PageRank & provides the links for validators and other domain tools.
Bust A Name has a fast Ajaxed domain search. You can instantly save the domains that you searched for reviewing them again.
Also, it has a word combiner that lookups for the domains that are generated from the keywords mentioned. These features make it a "must use" for the process of thinking & searching" for a name.
This site helps you find a nice domain name with the keywords you provide + the theme based dictionary it has.
If you don’t exactly know what are you looking for & have ideas flying around, MakeWords can help you.
Domain Name Managers
DNZoom is a free domain name management application that is integrated with the popular registrars (like GoDaddy, eNom, Register.com, Directi..). It enables you to manage your domains that are registered via different registrars from one account.
This is a PHP – MySQL domain name management script that enables you to display & sort your domains with their expiry, registrar, price, status, and category. It also enables any web user to contact you regarding the domain names.
Domain Status Reporter is a Windows application that allows you to monitor top-level domain names. Expiry date, status, registrar name etc. are the information monitored.
This tool enables you to search or domain names, see the whois info & has domain name suggestion wizard that enables you to define keywords. It has both Windows & Mac versions.
This Windows application enables you to search domain names, view whois information & find new domain names with keyword suggestion.
A very simple but effective application which helps you control the expire dates & status of the domain names. You can define new TLD’s by mentioning the whois server & records can be exported to a text file.
A common headache about DNS updates is; you never know when they will be activated.
DNSPinger is a free web-based service from WRD that simply alerts you via e-mail when your DNS update is activated.
Domain Auctions – Buy & Sell Domain Names
Sedo is probably the most popular domain names marketplace. You can find 11+ million domain names for sale which are well-categorized.
GoDaddy DNAM is a very active marketplace that enables you to buy & sell domain names. And with an easy to browse interface, you can search for the database fastly.
Besides the premium domain name auctions, you can find scripts, websites & advertising opportunities for sale too.
Please share other tools & websites that you use for managing or searching for domain names.
P.S. Domain auction sites are not 100% free as they get a percentage of the sale but the initial usage is free.