1&1 Domain checker

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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.

Your desired domain is available - now what?

Domain Checker

  • How important is it that I use the domain check from 1&1?

    The domain name for a website is essentially the first impression or image that a potential visitor to your site is greeted with, so finding the right domain name for your website is vitally important to the success of your site. Thankfully, 1&1 is here to help you check your domain name once you have come up with a good idea.


    The best domain names are the ones that define what your site is and what it does. You can use the 1&1 domain checker to find the right name and ensure that it's easy for potential visitors or customers to locate you. For example, if your site sells ballet shoes, you would want your domain name to clearly indicate this, guaranteeing that those searching for ballet shoes would find you and visit your site. If your domain name is too vague or complex, potential customers may skip over your site, thinking it's irrelevant to their search.


    In addition, as the world wide web grows bigger with each passing year, you want to ensure that your site can be found among all the others that are competing for attention. 1&1 can check your domain to see if it has already been taken and which domain names are still available for you to register. Finding the right domain name should be your first step when constructing your site, as in many ways it is the most important one. Let 1&1 help you get it right.
  • I need to check whether a domain name is available – can 1&1 help?

    Before you use the 1&1 domain check to see if the domain you want is available, it's important that you think carefully about what you want your domain name to be. Choosing your domain name will be one of the most important decisions you make when it comes to building your website. Play around with some ideas and take the advice of friends and colleagues. As you begin to come up with potential domains, you can check which ones are available on the 1&1 site. This will allow you to filter out ideas that are already taken and start whittling down your list.
    All you need to do is visit 1and1.com and type a potential domain name into the checker. The 1&1 check will immediately see if the domain name is available for you to register and also provide you with other possible top-level domain names (TLDs) if your initial choice is not available. In addition, it will display the domain names that may have been occupied in the past but are now free for you to register.
  • How can the 1&1 domain check help me find the best domain name?

    With the 1&1 domain checker you are guaranteed to find a great domain name for your site. 1&1 can check the domain names that will best display your site to those surfing the net. It's important when you use the 1&1 domain checker to ensure that your idea for a domain name is clear and catchy. This will make your site easily identifiable and stick in the memory of visitors the next time they look for you. With the domain check you will be able to explore a huge range of options for your site at the best prices.

    With over 700 new domain extensions, it's never been easier to find and check the domain name that best sums up what your site has to offer. With only a few keystrokes and a click of the mouse, 1&1 will immediately check whether the domain name you want is available or not. It's that quick and easy. However, don't forget - you aren't the only one searching for the perfect domain name. Use the 1&1 domain check today and secure your ideal domain before someone else does!
  • How can 1&1 help me if my desired domain name is taken?

    If you are having trouble choosing your perfect domain name, 1&1 is here to help. There are a multitude of options available to you - and workarounds for any problem - all leading you to a fantastic domain name for your site. The first thing you can do is think about changing the TLD. This is the part of the URL at the end: for example .com, .net, .org. So if your desired domain name was balletshoes.com and you find that this is already taken, you can try balletshoes.org or balletshoes.net. Or even consider international or country specific domain names, like balletshoes.ca, balletshoes.co.uk, or balletshoes.au; the opportunities are endless. The 1&1 domain check will automatically generate your desired domain name with new TLDs if your first choice is already taken.

    If these are also not available, or you have your heart set on one particular TLD, then you can think about adapting your original domain name. Having to rethink your domain name shouldn't be seen as a problem and, in fact, it may lead to a spark of inspiration that helps your chosen domain name to really stand out.