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Five Free Tools To Help You Pick A Domain Name

by Sean P. Aune | February 15, 2010February 15, 2010 5:54 pm PDT

As you set off into the fabulous world of blogging, one of the most difficult things about getting started can be picking your domain name.  Your Web address can set the entire tone of your site, and what direction you will go with it, so picking out the best option for you is of the utmost importance.

Luckily it isn’t like the old days where you had to sit on a domain registrars site for hours on end, typing in combination after combination to see what was available.  There are numerous tools now that will help you sort through lots of names very quickly and even suggest more options to you.  We’ve gathered up five of the best to help you start finding the domain name of your dreams.

DomainTyper: DomainTyper works a bit differently than most domain checkers as it continuously updates as you type so you can see possible options with different spellings and punctuations.  The site focuses on showing you .com, .net and .org, but you can easily see all of the other domain extensions available by clicking one button.


Domize: Domize takes whatever term you enter and shows you which domains are available for it and then drops letters from it to show you variations and which extensions are unclaimed on each of those also.


Geek.Name: Geek.Name gives you lists of recently released domain names and then allows you to sort them by extensions, number of letters, length, use a thesaurus to come up with more words and a whole lot more.


IWantMyName: IWantMyName may go a bit overboard with its checking as entering one name returns six pages of possible domain variations.  One of the nice features about this service is that it also provides an iPhone application so that you can check for available domain names easily while on the go, just the time most people get struck by inspiration.


NameBoy: NameBoy allows you to choose two words, tell it if you will allow hyphens, if you’d like it to rhyme, and off you go.  You will be shown various combinations of your two words as well as six different extensions for each suggestion so you can see what is and isn’t available.


What are your favorite tools to find domain names to use for your sites?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...