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Tamar Weinberg [PersonRank 1]

Thursday, November 16, 2006
17 years ago7,718 views

I noticed this and I saw this two weeks earlier:

They look pretty similar to me.

Ian [PersonRank 0]

17 years ago #

Wow, that's really handy!

Dylan Bennett [PersonRank 1]

17 years ago #

I would never use any domain availability finder site that wasn't from a reputable registrar (what an oxymoron that is!). The likelihood that they would then steal a potentially hot domain is too high. If it's from a reputable registrar, they have too much to lose by stealing a domain people are searching for.

Just my two cents.

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

17 years ago #

I prefer works great.

Will [PersonRank 0]

17 years ago #

I prefer over all mentioned so far.

Eytan Buchman [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

I am going to go ahead and echo Dylan here. Seems to be that this would function as a top-notch aggregation system for someone instead in jumping in on valuable domains.

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

I will agree with Ryan. DomainTools for me. Plus, this is a service that many of use to find out what new domains have been registered or moved from one name server to another. It runs about $15/month U.S. Of course, more if you're monitoring lots of domains. also offers historical WHOIS data back to 2002.

PCNames [PersonRank 0]

17 years ago #

I am part of and I thought I would just clear a few things up.

1) We would never steal any domain ideas. We don't even monitor what's typed in. Nor do we participate in any kind of selling of domains.

2) We also offer many other tools at

Michael Keukert [PersonRank 1]

17 years ago #

There is a big discussion going on on WebmasterWorld right now. A lot of people claim to have evidence that domain aivailability checks get eavesdropped routinely, and "promising" names get registered by domain tasters right away with the prospect of selling them to the person who queried.

There is controversy wether this happens on pure whois queries (which I personally think is possible but think nobody does it on a large scale) or if rather those "check if your domain is available" forms on website are prone to abuse (which I personally think is happing every day on a large scale).

Consensus is that the most secure method is to query a domain via a command-line whois of the *nix operating system of your choice.

Discussion is going on here:

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

I just lost a domain that I did a search on with a reputable registrar about a week ago. I went to buy the domain hours after I searched, and it was gone. This can be a problem with whoever you go with. Fortunately, it was just kited for tasting and was released about 5 days later so I then got it.

If this happens to you, do not preform ANY whois on the domain... do not go to the page... do not do ANYTHING related to that domain for 5 days and you might.... just might get as fortunate as I did.

Cram [PersonRank 1]

17 years ago #

Hey, what's the big deal? I've been using for some time now. Can't see how PCNames is different or better.

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