Domain Names

How can I check if a domain name is available?

A necessary step before purchasing any new domain name is to make sure that it’s available. As there are countless domain names on the web, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of them all. How can you know whether a domain name is available or not, then? Using Gandi’s search tool, you can quickly check whether a domain name is available in each of hundreds of different domain endings (TLDs) such as “.com”, “.net”, “.de”, “.nl”, “.se”, “.co.uk” and many more!

Search for a domain name and check if it's availabe

The tool works like a classic search tool. You just need to type the name that you're thinking about and click the "Search" button. From this step, you can choose to refine your search thanks to the "Filters" option (keywords, promotion, release phase, unavailable, etc.). And if you already have a few ideas for domain names in mind and you're not sure which to choose, the tool lets you search more than one term at once. Without a doubt, our domain name generator is a powerful tool in your domain name search.

Create your domain name from the hundreds of TLDs we offer

After looking up a domain name with our search tool, you’ll see a list of all the different domain name variations you can purchase. If you’ve already decided on a particular domain ending, say “.com” for example, you can choose to filter out all the other domain endings during your search. Our search tool features over 750 different domain endings, giving you a plethora of choices. In most cases, .com is the most popular domain ending and the one users will most easily remember. That being said, you should definitely consider other domain endings as they all have interesting potential uses. Choices like .org and .net are also very popular, and may be more appropriate for your domain name depending on the nature of your website.

You can purchase multiple versions of a domain name, using different domain endings: this is often done in order to secure every popular domain ending to protect a website’s brand name, and to set up URL forwarding to the main domain name. Thanks to Gandi’s domain name bundles, you can benefit from discounts when you buy multiple domain names at once.

Pick the best result

Our search tool is specially designed to help you find the domain name you will find the most beneficial. Some domain names are very expensive, while others are a lot more affordable. Gandi’s search tool helps you see which domain names are currently discounted. That way, comparing prices and finding the best deal is simple! But beyond pricing, what are the attributes to consider when it comes to picking the best domain name for you?

A domain name that’s easy to remember...

Out of the hundreds of domain names you will see as you're searching, you should pick one that really stands out. Your website needs a domain name that’s easy to remember, spell, and pronounce.

... and to type!

But that’s not all! Your domain name should also be easy to type. Who really wants to spend half a minute typing a site’s web address? In the age of fast load times and lighting-fast performance speeds, your domain name should be short and easy to quickly enter.

Put simply, Gandi’s search tool was created for you to find a domain name that’s both available and right for your website. All you need to do is enter a few relevant keywords and select the domain name you like best!

FAQ/frequently asked questions

  1. Choose a domain ending that's geo-localized (.us, .ca, .uk, .nyc, or .london), linked to what you do (.org, .tech, .store, .site), or targeted by product or services (.gay, .best, or .art)
  2. Choose a short and easy-to-remember domain name that uses keywords, or references your brand name or industry
  3. Choose a domain that already has some history (a reserved domain, an expired domain, etc.) to take advantage of the SEO that Google gives to sites that have been online for a few years. Use Gandi.net's WHOIS to find who owns a domain that's already registered
  4. Add an SSL certificate to your domain for prioritization over sites that lack SSL

It's possible to buy a domain name without hosting. That also means you can host a website with another hosting provider if you want or just use the free services you get with your domain name, like email addresses.

Use our WHOIS tool to get information about a domain name. Search for a domain name and get details about the owner, when the domain expires, when it was created, etc. Use this to find out which domains are available or get information about domains you may want to purchase.

Choose the domain endings you need from the catalog and get them at the best price:

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