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ways to determine url availability
A URL, or Uniform Resource Locater, is the standard for website recognition. The URL is what
you type into the address bar of a browser so that you can go to that particular website. For
example, Google's URL is www.google.com. However, the www. part is fairly irrelevant now. Also,
the URL is not to be mistaken for the domain name. The two terms are regularly used almost
interchangeably, which they nearly are. In a technical sense, the domain name is the main part of
a website, such as www.mysite.com. If there are pages within the site, one may be referenced as
www.mysite.com/user/content. In this case, www.mysite.com/user/content is the URL of the
webpage, while www.mysite.com is still the overall domain name. With the rapid growth rate of
the Internet (about 40,000 new registered domain names a day), it can be very difficult to
determine which site names are already taken. This information is important to know if you are
looking to start your own webpage or if you carry out web analytics for a living.
Unsurprisingly, checking the validity of domain names always involves an Internet connection. It
would be impossible to check the domain name changes and keep them obtainable offline.
Consequently, there are a number of websites used to identify the availability of a domain name.
One such website is extremely simplistic in that it offers a box into which you may type your
domain name. The website then searches for a website by that name and returns whether the
address is in use or not.
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http://www.hothotsoftware.com/urlchecker_websitechecker_software/ which allows for a colossal
search of domain name registrations. By going to the website and searching for ‘Check if URL
Exists' you can find a program for your exact purpose. After opening the software, you will notice
that it is coded in a standard user interface so nearly anyone familiar with a computer can master
the software. The application also operates fully within a single window. This eradicates any
possibility of getting lost within the application. The window of the application is split into three key
sections. The upper half of the window includes a box that may be populated with prospective
domain names. These names can be anything that you wish to determine the availability. After
entering all of the domain names you desire to verify, there is a function towards the bottom of the
window that will allow for additional domain name searches. This operation is titled as ‘Add These
Domain Types to List'. Inside the field you can enter .com, .net, .biz, etc. The program will then
append these suffixes to any other domain names you have already entered. As an example, if
you enter mysite.com in the upper half of the window and then run the ‘Add These Domains'
function the program will determine the availability of mysite.com, mysite.net, and mysite.biz. This
will allow for faster searching throughout a considerably wider number of names.
The bottom half of the window is split into two sections. The left half is labeled as ‘List of Good
Domains' and the domain names presently registered will appear here. Alternatively, any
presently unregistered domain names will appear on the right half of the window. This enables for
a very quick assessment amongst your results.
To explore this software, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGMcimwObX0#t=90. If
you are in the business of monitoring the Internet it may be vital to know which domain names are
available. Use this software and keep up on any and all changes in domain registration.