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New to Domain Search: Check Out a Domain’s History

Namecheap is excited to introduce the latest developments to our industry-leading Domain Name Search.

In the past, if a queried domain is unavailable, we displayed the registrant’s company information and any available data from the WHOis database. 

Now, we’ve added some really useful information about the domain’s history:

  • date of registration
  • sale date and sale price
  • the registrant’s company information and any available data from the WHOis database
  • search interest (for popular domains) — launching in 2020

Whether you’re planning on buying or selling a domain name, you will want to gather as much data as you can to make an informed decision. And that’s where Namecheap comes in. 

Domain Date of Registration

Head to our Domain Name Search.

Next to a domain name search result, we’ve replaced “not available” with the date a domain was registered. When there’s no data available, “taken” is displayed instead. 

registered date of domain

Regarding this feature, Andrew Allemann of Domain Name Wire says

“I think this is helpful, giving some context to the searcher. They didn’t just get beaten out to this domain; in many cases, it’s been registered for ten or more years.”

That’s not all. Click the date to get more information:

more details on domain registration

As you can see in the screenshot above, you can find out a lot more details about the domain history, domain registrant, and traffic stats (where available).

A Domain’s Sale History 

We’ve also added a domain’s historic sales price and sale date (when available). 

If you are buying, selling, or you just want to know the value of your domain name, take a look at the sales history. The price people have paid in the past is a good indicator of the value of a domain. It might even prevent issues like this one below, featured in Moz’s Q&A Forum.

screenshot of Moz Forums

The Volume of Searches for Our Most Popular Domains

Coming in 2020: domains that receive a high volume of search interest will feature a search volume metric. 

For example, if our visitors frequently search for climatechange.com, the results include how often these searches are taking place. Think of this as Namecheap’s take on Google’s Keyword Volume stat. These numbers indicate the popularity of an unavailable domainanother reliable indicator of how much it’s worth.

We developed these features to take some of the mystery out of ‘unavailable’ domains. All in all, we want to create an environment where our users understand the value of domain names. With these extra data points, we hope you can make informed decisions about buying and selling domains on our platform. 

What do you think about the latest additions to Domain Search? How do you imagine it would benefit you? If you have any questions about these features, leave a comment belowwe’d love to hear from you.

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