Every designer & developer has at least few domain names (some of us has many).

Also, we all have projects in mind that searching the domain names for them is sometimes the biggest joy of the project as it is an important process.

The tools & services mentioned in this post are not the "all" solutions you can find but, considering domain names are valuable assets, they are the ones I experienced or still using regarding managing & searching for domain names. And they work great.

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Domain Search

 

Domize – Very Fast Domain Search

Domize Domain Search

Domize is a simple but very effective & fast domain search site which shows you results while you type. It looks for the availability of all possible domains by removing the last letters of the searched word like: testsearch, testsearc, testsear & so..

It also has an iPhone interface and can be integrated to any website via a widget.

DomJax

Ajax Domain Search

An Ajax domain name search which also lets you to see the PageRank & provides the links for validators and other domain tools.

Bust A Name

Bust A Name

Bust A Name has a fast Ajaxed domain search. You can instantly save the domains that you searched for reviewing them again.

Also, it has a word combiner that lookups for the domains that are generated from the keywords mentioned. These features make it a "must use" for the process of thinking & searching" for a name.

MakeWords

Domain Name Keywords

This site helps you find a nice domain name with the keywords you provide + the theme based dictionary it has.

If you don’t exactly know what are you looking for & have ideas flying around, MakeWords can help you.

Domain Name Managers

 

DNZoom

Domain Name Manager

DNZoom is a free domain name management application that is integrated with the popular registrars (like GoDaddy, eNom, Register.com, Directi..). It enables you to manage your domains that are registered via different registrars from one account.

Domain Name Portfolio

Domain Management Script

This is a PHP – MySQL domain name management script that enables you to display & sort your domains with their expiry, registrar, price, status, and category. It also enables any web user to contact you regarding the domain names.

Domain Name Status Reporter

Domain Name Status Application

Domain Status Reporter is a Windows application that allows you to monitor top-level domain names. Expiry date, status, registrar name etc. are the information monitored.

Domain Name Analyzer

Domain Name Analyzer

This tool enables you to search or domain names, see the whois info & has domain name suggestion wizard that enables you to define keywords. It has both Windows & Mac versions.

Domain Name Finder & Generator

Domain Name Generator

This Windows application enables you to search domain names, view whois information & find new domain names with keyword suggestion.

Domain Name Status Reporter

Domain Name Status Reporter

A very simple but effective application which helps you control the expire dates & status of the domain names. You can define new TLD’s by mentioning the whois server & records can be exported to a text file.

DNSPinger From WebResourcesDepot

DNSPinger

A common headache about DNS updates is; you never know when they will be activated.

DNSPinger is a free web-based service from WRD that simply alerts you via e-mail when your DNS update is activated.

 

Domain Auctions – Buy & Sell Domain Names

 

Sedo

Buy And Sell Domain Names

Sedo is probably the most popular domain names marketplace. You can find 11+ million domain names for sale which are well-categorized.

Domain Name Aftermarket From GoDaddy

Domain Name After Market

GoDaddy DNAM is a very active marketplace that enables you to buy & sell domain names. And with an easy to browse interface, you can search for the database fastly.

SitePoint Marketplace

Domain Name Auction

Besides the premium domain name auctions, you can find scripts, websites & advertising opportunities for sale too.

Please share other tools & websites that you use for managing or searching for domain names.

P.S. Domain auction sites are not 100% free as they get a percentage of the sale but the initial usage is free.

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