Often when people begin their domain name search, they do so by coming up with a few choices and then entering those domains into their browser address bar to find out if a web site loads.
If a browser error message then appears such as "server not found" or similar, it's understandable it may be assumed it is available.
However, this is not always the case and disappointment (along with wasted) time will usually be a result of going about a domain name search using the address bar as a primary checking tool.
The reason for this is a party may have registered it already, but not specified any nameserver to point it to - a situation that results in an error message being generated. Many people also register names for speculative purposes, with the intent of selling them at a later date.
The most accurate and time efficient ways to search for domain names that are available are either:
WhoIs search tool
A WhoIs search tool is usually used to find the current registrant record and other details of a particular domain name.
After running a WhoIs lookup on a .com, .net, .org., .biz or .info name, if the domain is not yet registered, then the record will usually return a message along the lines of "No match for X" - where X is the name searched for.
In the case of .au domain names, if it is available, the search will usually come up with a record stating "No Data Found"
Integrated name search and registration tool
This is an even more time effective way to find the registration status and availability of a domain - and then acquire that website address.
With thousands of names being registered every day; when you find an available one you like, it's best to register it as soon as possible - before anyone else does.
An integrated domain name search tool doesn't return details of the registrant and other information you don't need, it just checks whether it is available. If it isn't, you'll be able to immediately search for new name.
If find your chosen name is available , then you will be offered the option of registering it. From there, it's just a matter of filling in an order form to complete your purchase. The whole process from search to submitting a registration request only takes a couple of minutes.
For more tips on how to select or find great names; view our guide to choosing a domain name.
Related: How To Register A Domain Name
How to register a name: Enter your choice in the search tool and click 'GO'. If after the check the domain names search results show your choice is available, you will then have the option to proceed to purchase registration; which is a very quick and easy process - start a search and find your ideal website address now.