Web Domains: Tools To Use, Articles To Read


A thought-out domain name can save you a lot of time and bring you a lot of traffic. Search engines love topic-related domain names and they seem to be an important aspect which is being used to evaluate web-pages. Besides, if you have a popular web-site with enviable reputation, you might be willing to make sure that your visitors don’t get to some surprising web-sites mistyping your site’s URL.

An overview of related resources is therefore both useful, handy and time-saving. Apart from that: apparently, domain names handling can also be a successful business, you just need to know what trends are coming and which terms will be important in the future.

Let’s take a look at essential, hand-picked domain-related tools, articles and resources we’ve found in the Web during our research.

Search for Domain Names Link

  • Picky Domains1
    The community helps to select optimal domain names.
  • Make Words2
    A generator for Domain names
  • Nameboy3
    Finds free domain names combining two or more keywords.
  • Dyyo5
    Searches for domain names with max. 4 or 5 characters. There are still some interesting options available; however, there are no free domains with three characters any more.
  • Domain Hack Search Utility6
    Finds domains, which are the combination of exotic TLDs, directories und subdomains. For instance, http://smashin.gm/agazine/ (can be registered as a Gambian domain)
  • StuckDomains7
    Finds expired CNO-Domains.Screenshot8
  • Word Mixer9
    Mixes several words together, combining them to create new terms. Ideal for creative domain names.
  • Rhymezone10
    Finds terms similar to English words. Once the domain you’ve chosen is already taken, you can use this tool to generate similar words.
  • Domains Bot11
    Looking for similar names.


Articles and Information Link

Domain Tools Link

  • Dot-o-mator28
    A powerful word-mixer. You can enter up to 15 words in each prefix/suffix column, then combine them into a big list of potential names. Then check them all at once to see if any are still available.
  • DomainTools29
    Over a dozen of Tools, e.g. Domain Spy, Name Server Spy, Reverse IP Search, Whois and Typo Generator30. The registration is required.

  • AllWhois32
    Whois domain name search & lookup.
  • DNSstuff
    33DNS tools, DNS hosting tests, WHOIS, traceroute, ping and other network and domain name tools.
  • dnScoop34
    Estimating Domain Name Value, History, Stats Tool and Forums.
  • Reverse IP DNS Domain Check Tool35
    Finds domains that share server with you; such domains have the same IP.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.pickydomains.com/
  2. 2 http://www.makewords.com/
  3. 3 http://www.nameboy.com
  4. 4 http://www.nameboy.com
  5. 5 http://www.dyyo.com/
  6. 6 http://xona.com/domainhacks
  7. 7 http://www.stuckdomains.com/
  8. 8 http://www.stuckdomains.com/
  9. 9 http://unique-name.perceptus.ca/word-mixer.php
  10. 10 http://www.rhymezone.com/
  11. 11 http://www.domainsbot.com/
  12. 12 http://www.domainsbot.com/
  13. 13 http://webhosting.info/
  14. 14 http://www.avivadirectory.com/domain/
  15. 15 http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2007/april.htm
  16. 16 http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/articles/Establishing_a_Domain_Portfolio.aspx
  17. 17 http://www.namemonetizer.com/
  18. 18 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/82e8f6a0-d180-11db-b921-000b5df10621.html
  19. 19 http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2007/05/domain-squatting.html
  20. 20 http://www.dotsauce.com/2007/05/08/domain-investing-tips/
  21. 21 http://tropicalseo.com/2007/top-4-lies-domainers-tell-themselves/
  22. 22 http://www.ricksblog.com/my_weblog/2007/04/how_madison_ave.html
  23. 23 http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2005/12/01/8364591/index.htm
  24. 24 http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/archive/2005/03/how-to-snatch-an-expiring-domain
  25. 25 http://www.domainwarning.com/
  26. 26 http://www.dailydomainer.com/200722-only-30-of-top-domains-sold-in-2006-actually-in-use.html
  27. 27 http://blog.domaintools.com/2007/04/mysterious-domain-names-with-ads/
  28. 28 http://www.dotomator.com/
  29. 29 http://www.domaintools.com/
  30. 30 http://www.domaintools.com/domain-typo/?free=yes
  31. 31 http://www.domaintools.com/
  32. 32 http://www.allwhois.com/
  33. 33 http://www.dnsstuff.com/
  34. 34 http://www.dnscoop.com/
  35. 35 http://www.seologs.com/ip-domains.html
  36. 36 http://www.domainstate.com/
  37. 37 http://www.dnforum.com/
  38. 38 http://www.acorndomains.co.uk/
  39. 39 http://www.namepros.com/
  40. 40 http://www.idnforums.com/
  41. 41 http://www.dnjournal.com/
  42. 42 http://blog.domaintools.com/
  43. 43 http://www.dailydomainer.com/
  44. 44 http://frankschilling.typepad.com/my_weblog/domain_names_domains/index.html
  45. 45 http://www.domaineditorial.com/
  46. 46 http://www.domainersgazette.com/
  47. 47 http://www.namesatwork.com/blog/
  48. 48 http://www.ricksblog.com/
  49. 49 http://www.ambler.net/

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Sven is the co-founder and former CEO of Smashing Magazine. He's now writing at his Conterest Blog, where he focuses on blogs, content strategy and publishing — all in German.

  1. 1

    Another fantastic article! I will be bookmarking this one.

  2. 2

    I think someone should translate this into english.

  3. 3

    Auf englisch bitte, lese ich nicht innen Deutschen! :D

  4. 4

    Did someone forget to do the translation ;)
    Interesting links though

  5. 5

    Somebody pressed the “Publish”-Button instead of the save button I guess ;)

  6. 6

    I like my Smashing in English!

  7. 7

    if only i spoke german

  8. 8

    Nein nein mehr will ich nicht, aber ich lerne deutch!

    Or that was about all I remember from german-class back in the 7th grade…

    I’d really like an english translation, if one is available, all the other articles you have here are really… SMASHING (pun intended)!

  9. 9

    It’s better in english… :)

  10. 10

    is this smashing magazine website?
    I thought i click the wrong link on my RSS reader.

    Please translate it to english.

  11. 11

    Michael Thompson

    June 28, 2007 8:09 pm

    I say keep it in German. It’s about time we English-speakers got off of our lazy (vocal) assess and learned a few more languages.

  12. 12

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 28, 2007 8:45 pm

    @anty: you are absolutely right. :) Sorry for inconvenience!

  13. 13

    Hehe, the RSS feed was making no sense

  14. 14

    I’ve also written a little domain naming tool, Dot-o-mator, that lets you create potential names out of different word combinations. (You can enter your own prefix/suffix lists, or use one of the predefined lists.) Then check to see if any of them are available.

    I originally wrote it to help me come up with a new name for a web venture, and was tired of trying to check dozens of different name combinations manually. :)

  15. 15

    very nice list, we have link it in our website

  16. 16

    Hello, I very much appreciate you linking to my article “10 Tips for Investing in Domain Names.”

    If you would be so kind as to add “DotSauce.com – Domain News Magazine” to your list of domain-related magazines and blogs. Thanks!

  17. 17

    We also use 123finder.com for domain hunting. It has several domain dictionaries to browse from.

  18. 18

    For all of you Web 2.0 junkies, I really like: AjaxWhois for all of my domain searching and WHOIS needs.

  19. 19

    I wish I was smart enough to buy good names few years back.
    Now it seems like all the decent names are taken. You have programs running through millions of names searching for anything worth taking. Good luck.
    I guess people must be clever and try to pick something like del.icio.us. Thank you for the links.

  20. 20

    I swear you guys follow me or are recording my every move.

    This is about the 7th time that I have needed information on something specific and you guys post an article on EXACTLY what i am looking for that same day… it’s really weird actually, i’m not just blowing smoke up your asses… it really is sort of freaky.

  21. 21

    Again a gr8 list…… i dont bookmark a particular article posted here instead i bookmark SmashingMagazine! every article posted here is worth and useful. Thanks to SmashingMagazine TEAM.

  22. 22

    Does anyone know about a free PHP script for domain lookup (CNO, de, info). I would like to use it on my homepage. Thanks in advance :-)

  23. 23

    Phil from Loreauville

    June 29, 2007 8:42 pm

    Call me slow, but I’m just now starting to see what a good domain name will do for you. Too many people want a name that’s “cool” or means something only to them. But the average computer user doesn’t care about “coolness” or sentiments. Heck. half the time they can’t even remember a certain domain name. They want simplicity. Type in something short and sweet, get results.
    Thank you Smashing, just keep turning us on to all this good stuff that’s out there.

  24. 24

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    July 1, 2007 9:41 pm


    well, Alex, I guarantee that we don’t observe you and your activities. ;) However, I am a web-developer as well, so we might have some similar needs, you know. :) After the basic principle behind each and every one of the articles published here on Smashing is their practical value. I know I’ll be coming back to this article once I need information about Domain names, so I don’t have to bookmark dozens of other sources out there. That’s the idea. And that’s what we try to achieve – make yours and our life easier.

  25. 25

    Worth mentioning is Estibot which is probably the most accurate automated domain appraisal system to date.

  26. 26

    Im surprised you didnt mention domain sales comparables as important for research…

    I recommend checking out our site – NameBio.com


  27. 27

    Michael Gilmour

    August 9, 2007 8:46 am

    I was wondering if you could check for any links to the typepad version of whizzbangsblog.com as I’m going to be closing that down. I have now launched whizzbangsblog.com as a Joomla website….which has been a LOT of fun!



  28. 28

    You have nice list here, I would to add tdvr.com that is a nice site where you can compare price of a lot LLLL recent sales.

  29. 29

    If you are interested in Indian domain names, there is a forum dedicated to discussing them at INForum.in

  30. 30

    Great Post!!

    Covers almost all aspects of domains.

    But still i would like to know if there are any services which provide domain monitoring :

    Like ip check, dns, uptime monitoring etc

  31. 31

    Try Check Domain name Real Time by typing at http://www.fastcheckdomain.com

  32. 32

    your readers might be interested in a new domain names search tool available at http://www.SeeTop10.com. It. shows domain names available for the most popular searched Google queries. There is also a domain name search widget available.
    Here are some comments about the tool…
    1. Very interesting tool indeed! And could be very helpful. For those who look for free domain names there are many applications that can help but this search engine is something new for me – I have not seen one yet. I must congratulate the idea, seems to be fine piece of mind-work that gave outstanding results. Now when this tool is available many will benefit from its existence. Thanks for that.
    2. This is indeed a very nice tool to check for a perfect domain name, something I’ve never heard before

  33. 33

    I created a project of my own that may be interesting for your list. It’s an expired domain listing website, that scans the pending delete domains, retrieves seo relevant data and publishes these information on the website. On the day of the drop it checks if the domain is still free and moves it to the deleted domains list. It is completely free! You don’t have to pay or even register, so check it out if you like :)

  34. 34

    Ii is indeed a very challenging process to come up with a suitable company name now that almost all .com domain names are taken. The brainstorming part is probably the most important in the naming process. You need to be creative to come up with several potential names. Try out Frozen Lemons, a company naming service which suggests company name ideas based on the profile of the company and feedback of the owner. frozenlemons.com

  35. 35

    Thanks for the great list, half of these tools I hadn’t even heard of before and am checking out now!

  36. 36

    Another useful resource is: http://www.dnpromos.com

    It’s a site that offers domain registration coupon codes to some of the most popular registrars in the world.


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