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Q: Webservice that answers domain name availability ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Webservice that answers domain name availability
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: topcarrot-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 21 Oct 2006 21:21 PDT
Expires: 20 Nov 2006 20:21 PST
Question ID: 775731
I need to know if there are free or low-cost webservice(WSDL)
available out there that answers whether a domain name is available or not.
Subject: Re: Webservice that answers domain name availability
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 16 Nov 2006 12:42 PST
Dear Top Carrot, 

"" is only one of the many services where you can learn more
about available domain names.

If you type in a certain term at the "Whois Lookup" rubric, you'd get
the registration details of registered sites.

For example, if I type "Google" into that box, I get this page: 

Which tells me to go to: and get the full
details there. Which is:

And you can also get a full report here: 

But you can also preform a search on the, with a keyword, to
see if there is such a site registered. For example, if I go to the
second rubric ("search domain by keyword") and enter politicalguru -
two sites are trying to steal my good name!

Next, you have an option to find available names; and you can also see
what past domains are now free.

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it.
Subject: Re: Webservice that answers domain name availability
From: nectar666-ga on 22 Oct 2006 05:14 PDT
I find 1&1 good. They have a US(.com) and a UK( site.
Subject: Re: Webservice that answers domain name availability
From: davezan-ga on 24 Oct 2006 02:54 PDT
There's talk lately that domain name searches are being looked up and
being registered soon after if they're not taken for whatever reason.
Unfortunately this is causing many people to lose confidence in using
those availability searches.

Assuming we're talking about .com, there is one site all domain
registration companies query: the Verisign COM NET Registry:

They query directly to the Registry. No domain registrars can lookup
one another unless they have some sort of agreement.
Subject: Re: Webservice that answers domain name availability
From: enigma4444-ga on 14 Nov 2006 14:48 PST
Goto this site will let you know if the
domain is available and by what top-level domain is is available with.

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