Domain availability checker
Carry out a domain name search for commonly registered gTLDs and ccTLDs
How to search for a great domain and check out if it is available
What is a domain checker?
The domain checker is a very helpful and easy to use free tool. It allows you to browse the domain database and check for the availability of your desired domain name. You can conduct as many searches as you like, without limitations. Simply type in your preferred address (e.g. "i-want-to-create-my-website.com") and the domain checker will carry out a search in order to identify whether your domain name is still available for registration. That holds true for:
Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD), like .com | .net | .org | .biz or .info
Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs), like .us | .ca | .in | co.za or .co
New Top Level Domains (nTLDs), like .blog | .shop | .club | .me | .online
How to effectively carry out a domain name search
Please keep in mind that the choice of your website domain name is very important. Before you check your desired domain name for availability, make sure you have thought carefully about the right strategy for your domain name search.
The domain name you are about to check
Must consist of a minimum of 2-3 characters depending on the exact domain extension, like xy.com or xyz.org.
Must adhere to a maximum length of 63 characters, but we recommend that you keep the length memorable.
Can include hyphens to explain in detail what your website is about, like my-flower-shop.com. This improves the readability of your website domain name.
Can include numbers – this is especially useful, if your desired domain name is already taken. For example: if "my-shop.com" is not available, then try "my-shop-24.com" as an alternative domain search.
Can either be your own personal domain name, a fantasy, or brand name, or you can opt for an exact match domain (EMD) also called keyword-URL, like "buy-my-crazy-shoes.com".
When finding the right domain, be aware that there are always trade-offs between the length of the domain extension and the likelihood of it still being available for registration.
Advice on domain check and availability
Domain is available
The check result indicates that your desired domain is available. In this case, simply follow the registration process to secure it. All costs associated with your chosen domain name are displayed within the steps of the domain checking process to ensure you know exactly how much it will cost you.
Domain is taken
The domain check tells you that someone has already taken the domain you sought after. In this case, either refer to alternative domain extensions suggested to you by our checker tool and see if those options work for you. Or conduct another domain check using a different wording for your new website.
Domain is taken, but
The checker tool tells you that your domain is taken, but you still want it no matter what. In this case, you will have to identify and contact the owner of the domain. Please continue reading for more details on this option.
Can I find out who owns a domain using the 1&1 domain check?
No. In order to find out who owns a given domain, please refer to the 1&1 Whois Domain Lookup tool.
By using this tool, you will be able to:
Check who the host of a domain is
Check where a domain is registered
Check when a domain expires
Check at what point in time it was registered
In case you want to contact the current owner of the domain, make sure you prepare yourself well to negotiate the exact terms of the transfer of rights for your domain. As an alternative, you can refer to marketplaces like sedo.com to help you make these kind of transactions for premium domains in a professional way.