Domain Names for Sale

Buying a domain name is the first step toward developing your own website. If you're new to the world of website domains, buying that first .com or .net can seem difficult.

The first step in finding domain names for sale is picking out names you would be interested in buying. If you're a freelancer, actor, musician, or other artist, your own name might make a sensible URL. Appending different top level domains to your name can help you distinguish yourself if you have a common name. They may also be cheaper. For example, if johnsmith.com is taken, you might try johnsmith.name, johnsmith.net, or johnsmith.info. If all of these are taken, adding in your middle name or middle initial might result in a domain name that you can buy. If you're a business, the name of your business or a website name that describes what you do makes sense.

But how do you know whether or not a given domain is for sale? If a domain does not have a current owner, you can purchase it. Since a domain can only have one owner at one time, you can only purchase a domain that no one else is using. Top level domains, also called domain name extensions, allow you to customize the end of your website name. Options include .com, .biz, .net, .info, .org, and tons of lesser-known extensions such as .bz, .cn, .us and more. It's a good idea to have multiple name options, so you have some choice in case your top pick is taken.

A domain name registrar (such as Name.com) will search for, purchase, and register names for your website. Registration legally entitles you to use the name for a year. Use the search function at the domain name registrar to search for your first choice name. The search results will either tell you that the name is available for purchase (and show a price for one year), or tell you the name is owned by someone else. Continue to search, using top level domains to modify your name if necessary, until you find a name that's available to buy. Pay the registration price to receive legal access to your name.