Domain check

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Domain check

To register a domain name, you must first check whether your desired domain name is still available. In this case, you enter the domain name in a domain name checker and you will see the status: “free for registration” or “move”.

The status: “free for registration” means that the domain name is still available for registration and that gives you the possibility to proceed with your domain registration.

The status : “move” indicates that the domain name is already registered and that you can move it from domain name registrar A to for example domain name registrar B.

Domain name check

You may also be curious about all the information available today of a specific domain name.

In this case you can also do a domain name check where you indicate that you want all the data that is available. There are several checks for this on the Internet that will give you everything regarding the domain name in one nice overview.

A tool we can recommend for this is: MxToolbox

Here you can check everything regarding the domain name and with the tabs they show you an overview and choice regarding the information you are looking for!

Domain name check owner

It could also be that you are looking for information regarding the owner of the domain name. A few years ago this was quite easy to find out via a WHOIS search (Who is) but since the new GDPR legislation this has become privacy sensitive information and unfortunately you can no longer find this publicly on the Internet.

However, it is still often possible to find out the owner of the domain name. Often with a domain name with an age of several years or older, this information is still preserved somewhere on the Internet and you can find it with some simple Google searches.

You can also visit the domain name itself and check if you don’t find any contact information of the owner there. Often there is a contact form on the website, a contact page or address information.

It is also possible to do a WHOIS search on MxToolbox, for example, and see what email address is listed with the registrant. This will not be the real e-mail address due to GDPR legislation, but often this is a protected e-mail address where the legal owner does receive the e-mail you send to this registrant e-mail address. Thus, you will not see his real email address, but only a protected email address.

How do you use a domain checker?

The domain name checker works super simple. You simply enter your desired domain name and click on check.

The domain checker will immediately check the status of your entered domain name. The button you see after the check also immediately indicates the status of the domain name:

Register: In this case, your domain name is still free for registration. Once you press the button, add it to the shopping cart and you can actually register it later once you checkout.

Move: In this case the domain name is unfortunately already taken, but if you are the owner of the domain name and have the authorization code (move code), you can move it to the new domain name provider. You click the button, enter the move code and once you checkout, the domain name will be moved immediately.

If you don’t have a transfer code and therefore are not the owner of the domain name, you can possibly try to buy the domain name from the current owner by contacting the owner.

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What options do I have with me domain name?

Registering a domain name is a creative process where there are certain rules you do have to comply with. However, you can come up with and register almost any name, as long as your domain name is no longer than 63 characters and contains a minimum of 2 characters.

The domain name can only include the letters (a-z) and numbers (0-9) and may possibly include a dash ( - ). So with these letters, numbers and punctuation, you may come up with and register your own creative domain name. Just try it out in the domain name checker and see which domain name seems most beautiful and convenient to you.

10 tips for a good domain name

  1. Come up with a creative but accessible name
  2. Keep it short but most importantly concise
  3. If possible, incorporate your brand name
  4. If possible, incorporate your most valuable keyword
  5. Try to come up with a name that is easy to remember
  6. Make sure it is easy to remember
  7. If you want to go international, try to use an English name
  8. Make a creative combination of words, numbers and characters
  9. Take the long term into account as well, will your domain name still be relevant in 10 years?
  10. Immediately register all typo’s of your domain name and all extensions so that you own everything immediately

Take SEO and findability into account

When checking your domain name, it is a good idea to consider the SEO and findability of your future website.

Suppose you want to start a webshop aimed at the Dutch market, then your target audience is only in the Netherlands. In that case it is wise to register a .NL as your main domain name, so that the TLD matches your main target group.

If you are not sure which target group or country you want to reach, it is always wise to register a gTLD. This allows you to reach all target groups and does not focus on a specific country or area.

Google also looks at the extensions of a domain name and will always show the most relevant domain name for the search. So if someone in the Netherlands searches for “cheap shoes” for example, google will show a result with the domain name goedkope-schoenen.nl sooner because it is more relevant, than for example goedkope-schoenen.de.

The reason is that .DE matches a search query from a German visitor and a .NL matches a search query from someone from the Netherlands more closely.

Why check a domain name?

It’s good to check a domain name, as you will immediately see if it is still available or if it has already been registered by someone else.

Suppose you are starting a new business and after intense thought you have finally come up with the brand name. You register at the Chamber of Commerce and only then go to check if the domain name is available via the domain name check.

It will then be a big disappointment if it turns out that your brand name in the form of the domain name has already been registered. So you can no longer register the brand name as your domain name.

It is therefore always a good idea to start with a domain name check and then, once you have actually registered the domain name, continue with setting up and registering your own company.

Domain name is taken, now what?

Suppose you want to register a domain name but find out in the domain name checker that it is occupied and you can only move it. What can you do now?

In this case, we always recommend surfing to the domain name and checking if you happen to find contact information of the owner on the website.

Once they are there, I advise you to contact the owner of the domain name and ask if you can take over the domain name at a favorable price. Obviously, the current owner will try to earn from the domain name sale, but you will have to ask yourself how many more dollars it will cost you (and time) to come up with a new business name or domain name.

What will you do with your domain name?

Once you’ve managed to register a domain name or buy a domain name, the question is what are you going to do with it? Better yet, what can you do with your domain name?

1. Domain name parking

First, after registration or purchase, the domain name will be automatically parked. This often means that you will see the parking page of your registrar. Here the domain name provider is often advertised, so if you do not want that, you can link your own parking page to your domain name.

2. Forward domain name to another website

You can also forward your domain name to another url or website. The domain provider will create a 301 redirect which ensures that your domain name with a permanent redirect status to another website.

3. Create a website

Of course you can also create your own website and save it on your domain name. The easiest way is to use a CMS system such as WordPress . This allows you to easily and quickly create a website without any programming knowledge.

You may also have created your own website in, for example, HTML, PHP and MySQL. In that case you need a web hosting package to host your website on. You then upload your created website script files on the package, link your registered domain name to the package and then you can view the website as soon as you surf to the url.

4. Email with your own domain name

How cool is it when you send an e-mail where your e-mail address ends with @jouwdomeinnaam.nl. With your own domain name and an email hosting package, this is possible for you! This allows you to create your own email address to send email using your own domain name!

Whois

There are hundreds of WHOIS checks you can do on the Internet, almost all of which are free. However, there is often a hard limit to the number of requests you can make per hour or day.

So if you want to check several domain names, you might soon reach this limit. Also, it often happens that the WHOIS check caches the information and thus you don’t always get to see the most current information.

My advice is therefore always to use the registrars’ checks if you want the most up-to-date WHOIS information (realtime). By this I mean the websites of the administrators of the TLDs. I will list the most commonly used ones:

TLDWhois website
.COMVerisign: https://webwhois.verisign.com/webwhois-ui/index.jsp
.NETVerisign: https://webwhois.verisign.com/webwhois-ui/index.jsp
.ORGPublic Internet Registry: http://whois.publicinterestregistry.net
.INFOAfilias:http://whois.donuts.co
.NLSidn: https://www.sidn.nl/whois
.BEDNS.BE
.EUEurID: https://eurid.eu
.FRAfnic: https://www.afnic.fr/en/domain-names-and-support/everything-there-is-to-know-about-domain-names/find-a-domain-name-or-a-holder-using-whois/

Is there also privacy in the Whois?

When you do a Whois check to retrieve information, in the past you would get to see most of the registration information publicly.

However since the passage of GDPR and AVG legislation, this has changed tremendously. A Whois check now no longer shows information about the registrant and its naw data due to privacy reasons. This is because these are covered by privacy laws and are therefore not legally allowed to be shown.

So nowadays your privacy is also guaranteed through the normal registrant holder.

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