How to get started

Here are some things to keep in mind when doing a domain name search.

Domain and Brand

If you already have a business or brand, your domain should match your name. If the .com domain is taken, you can try an alternate TLD, but be sure not to put yourself in another company’s shadow or infringe on their trademark.

Domain Anatomy

Make sure your domain is easy to spell and pronounce, and doesn’t contain any strange letter substitutions or omissions that will make it difficult to remember. Hyphens are also usually not a great idea because people forget about them.

Short and Sweet

Keep the domain names as short as you can manage. Single-word domains, when you can find one, are golden.


Check that the domain name does not appear as a username on major social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Trademark Names

Make sure no one holds a trademark on the proposed domain name.

How to search for a domain

Now it’s time to see if your domain name choices are available. Once you’ve come up with a few strong domain candidates, it’s time to plug them into Namecheap’s domain name search bar. We will search available domain names for you and let you know if your first choice of second-level domain or TLD is available. We’ll also suggest some alternate TLDs you might try if your first domain choice isn’t available.

How to find good domain names

Lots of people assume that they need the .com extension for every domain. While it is still considered the gold standard, there are now hundreds of other domain options out there. These can be excellent choices to add clever branding to your website or to expand your search.

At Namecheap we have a page dedicated to all of the new TLDs. Here you can filter by category or browse the entire list. We have domain extensions for every conceivable business, hobby, and lifestyle. Even if you think you’re going to register the .com domain, it’s worth a look!

Check all our TLDs below

Generic TLDs
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Price / Year
.com yes

$ 10.98 * Renewal Price $12.98

.net yes

$ 12.98 * Renewal Price $14.98

.org yes

$ 12.98 * Renewal Price $14.98

Get .INFO for just $1.99

$ 1.99 * Renewal Price $13.88

.biz yes

$ 12.88 * Renewal Price $14.87

Country Code TLDs
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Price / Year
Get .US for just $0.88

$0.88 Renewal Price $10.48

Get .ME for just $3.88

$3.88 Renewal Price $20.98

Get .CO for just $8.88

$8.88 Renewal Price $25.98 no

$7.58 Renewal Price $9.58

.io yes

$32.88 Renewal Price $34.88

*ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) charges a mandatory annual fee of $0.18 for each domain registration, renewal or transfer. This will be added to the listed price for some domains, at the time of purchase. See full list of affected domains →


Are .com domains better for search engine optimization (SEO)?

No. All domain extensions are considered equal in the eyes of Google. There is no automatic preference given to a .com domain.

Where you do need to be careful, however, is to not register an alternate domain if the .com is taken by a large company. This can hurt your search results and also open you up to a potential trademark battle.

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