July 18th, 2009, 12:10 PM
Checking domain name availability
Does anyone know of a good web service for performing domain name availability checks?
I know GoDaddy provide commercial API's for checking and buying domains but it seems like a heavy weight and expensive option if I just want to check domain name availability through a webpage.
Doing the check manually by checking in each whois server would be a lengthy process so I'm guessing someone has already done the leg work and created a web service or DLL which could be used from a .NET app or something.
Has anyone got any ideas?
July 18th, 2009, 12:31 PM
Google DNS+test and you'll get a pretty good list. Some are really free, some run their test, tell you there's a "critical error" and then charge you to find out what it is.
This one has several free services:
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July 18th, 2009, 10:28 PM
Linux generally includes a command line whois program. And for windows you can get a command line whois from www.sysinternals.com. As long as you can configure your web page to run a command line program one of these may work for you.
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July 30th, 2009, 07:19 AM
I usually use this to check domain name availability:
April 15th, 2013, 01:25 AM
I have used ineedname.com that help to see domain name availability with G-talk that is pretty good and based on very unique concept. Just add email@example.com on your G-talk Id and search the desired domain name availability.