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Availability of domain names: conducting search

Domain names are always unique as it’s not possible for more than one company or person to own them at the same time. Before you register a domain name, you therefore need to check the availability of your desired domain. You can do this by entering the domain into the address bar of your browser, for example, www.domain-available.nl. If a website then appears, without an error message, then you can be almost certain that the domain is unavailable.

Not all domains are linked to websites

However, it is often the case that a domain appears to be available, when in fact it has already been registered by another party. This is because not all registered domains are linked directly to websites. To be sure that a domain name is available, you need to consult the relevant Whois registries for information about registered domains.

Novagraaf’s domain name search

With Novagraaf’s Whois check, you can quickly see whether a domain name is available free of charge. The Novagraaf Whois tool checks the availability of the desired domain name in several registries simultaneously. With the Novagraaf Whois tool you can also check against common errors (or ‘typos’). Typographical errors are often made when typing a domain name (for example, www.novograaf.nl instead of www.novagraaf.nl). Letters are also regularly swapped around, typed twice or an adjacent key is accidentally pressed.

If you want to make sure that your domain is available and that all similar variants are also unregistered, you can call in Novagraaf for extensive domain name search. You will receive, in addition to the results for the given domain name, a list of similar domain names.

Would you like to know more about the availability of domain names?

If you would like to know more about domain availability, domain registration or domain watching, or would like us to conduct a search into the availability of a domain, or variants thereof, please use the contact form at the top right of this page.