A domain name is essential to any business’s online presence. And when it comes to choosing an effective domain name, there are plenty of tips to consider. But what if you’ve already got a great name in the works? What next? If you’re wondering how to search for a domain name, look no further.
In this article, we’ll cover how to search for a domain name using GoDaddy’s domain search feature, as well as a few other options for securing a kick-ass name.
How to search for a domain name
You don’t have to play hide-and-seek with your possible domain. Check out GoDaddy’s easy-to-use search feature, and follow these steps to secure your domain today.
Enter your domain in the search bar.
Add your domain to the cart.
Ready to get started? Make sure you have a list of domains at the ready, and then read on for an in-depth look (with screenshots) at each step, followed by some additional ways covering how to search for a domain name.
1. Visit GoDaddy.com
Open up your preferred browser and go to GoDaddy.com. Once the home page loads, you’ll see a search bar where you can begin your domain search.
2. Enter your domain in the search bar
Enter your domain name, and click Search. At this point, one of two things will happen. If your domain name is available, great! You’ll be presented with the opportunity to add it to the cart.
If your domain name isn’t available, you’ll be prompted to search for a new domain name or select a different variation. The good news? Even if your domain name is already taken, GoDaddy’s suggestion tool will list new ideas, with different extensions or variations, that you can review.If you like one of the options, great! If not, enter a few of your other domain options into the search bar until you land on one that’s available.
Pro tip: Don’t shy away from different domain extensions. While .com is still one of the most widely registered domain endings, the availability of hundreds of new domain extensions gives you the opportunity to register a domain that perfectly represents who you are and what you do.
3. Add your domain to the cart
And now, all you need to do is click Add to Cart, and you’re done! The domain name will be added to your shopping cart. You can either keep shopping for domain names or proceed to checkout. There, you can add additional products, such as domain privacy or a GoCentral Website Builder, to make sure you start off your online venture on the right foot.
To learn more about possible next steps, check out “You’ve registered a domain name. Now what?”
Other ways to search for domain names
Now that you know how to search for a domain name through GoDaddy, there are a few other channels you can use to find the perfect domain for your business.
Did you know that there are more than 350 domain extensions available, with even more possibilities on the horizon? Depending on your business, you could find the perfect extension for your niche.
Sell custom teddy bears online? Perhaps CustomBears.shop or CustomBears.store is right up your alley. Search for available extensions by keyword, options available now, categories and more.
Whether you’re looking at an expired domain name or simply interested in purchasing a domain someone else already owns, GoDaddy Auctions is a great place to start. Searching for a domain name here is simple. Just enter your keywords or browse the listings to see what’s available.
Afternic is a great place for buying and selling domain names. Because sellers can post their domains here and have their listings sent out to more than 100 platforms worldwide, Afternic is a great resource for searching for a new domain. All you have to do is enter your new search idea on the home page, and Afternic will take care of the rest, directing you to a page with available domains for sale.
Now that you know how to search for a domain name, it’s time to get out there and register a domain for your business. Once you do, don’t forget to attach it to a website. Looking for a DIY solution? With GoCentral, you can build a beautiful site in less than an hour with all the bells and whistles needed to be competitive in this online world. Even better? You can try it today for free.
Also, check out our Business Name Generator – your future domain name might be available.
Also published on Medium.