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How to find a domain with GoDaddy

Note: To register a domain name NOW, please visit our Domain Name Search page.

How to find a domain that is as unique as you are and or your business is easy with GoDaddy. If you have an idea to get online or a great name for your website, we recommend registering it immediately before anyone else does. You can use your domain name for your website and email. Your domain name establishes your online identity and increases branding, marketing and communication opportunities.

To get started, check to see if the domain name you want is available. If available, register the domain name for a period of time you specify during the checkout process.

To Check a Domain Name's Availability

  1. Go to our Home Page.
  2. In the search field, enter the name you want to register, and then select the domain extension from the list.
  3. Click Search Domain.

If the domain you requested is already registered, we provide available alternative spelling and extensions. For example, you might be able to select a .info or .ws domain extension, rather than .com. Or you could register www.coolexample.info instead of www.coolexample.com.

If your domain is available, follow the instructions to complete the checkout process. Be sure to include valid contact information for each contact. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the governing body for domain names, requires valid contact information (registrant, technical, billing and administrative). If you enter false information, your domain name can be canceled.

Your contact information is public and accessible through the WHOIS database at most registrars. However, you can protect your privacy by registering your domain name with us using our Privacy Protection which gives you complete control of the domain, including the rights to sell, renew, cancel or transfer it.

When you purchase privacy protection, the WHOIS database lists the name of our privacy affiliate company, as well as their postal address and phone number — instead of your personal contact information. For more information about domain privacy, see Private Registration FAQ.

Note: If you are in the EU, you may have different rules for how your information is displayed in WHOIS. See GDPR FAQ for more details.


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