So you have a great idea for a domain name for your new website. Sounds good! The first thing you have to do is make sure that someone else hasn’t taken that name already.


How do I check if a domain name is available?

  • We’ve got you covered! Simply follow this link to run a quick search on your desired domain name.
  • The system will either confirm the availability of your chosen domain name, or suggest alternatives.


What is WHOIS search?

  • WHOIS is an online protocol that is used to determine the owner of a domain name.
  • It is an automated method of searching domain registries to find information about the owner, including the address, contact information, and the expiration date of their registration.
  • Anyone, from business owners to law enforcement, can access WHOIS information.


How do I find out who owns a domain name?

  • A search at this link will let you know if a domain name is already taken, and, if so, will display the details of the current owner.
  • The expiry date of the domain registration will also be displayed, letting you know when it might be available again.


Can I buy a domain if it’s taken?

  • If the domain you’re looking for isn’t available, you have the option to contact the current owner using the information supplied by your WHOIS search, and find out if they would be willing to sell the domain to you.
  • Once you own the domain, it is possible to transfer it to the hosting service of your choice.