Deciding on a domain name is a significant step towards getting your site up and running. It will be your identity going forward and will shape up how the site will look like in the future.
You will be going through a lot of difficult time searching for a domain name which ends with .com. I have been going through this myself for the past few days and I can tell you this exercise is one of the most difficult to start setting up a site. I first thought I will go ahead and subscribe to a hosting plan and then will worry about the domain search. When I finally decided on the hosting provider, it turns out that they provide us with a free domain name registration, so I said let me then do the research on domain names before I actually subscribe.
It turned out to be a tough exercise. So let me go with you through the process which I have experienced for those past few days.
I first thought to myself, how difficult is it going to be to come up with a name? And it was not a very difficult thing to do however the tricky part is the availability of the domain name for registration. The more I thought of different names, the more I got frustrated as I was not able to register it. Particularly for the .com domain names. I almost gave up!!
I then agreed to the difficulty in finding the right domain name and started researching on the Internet on the best ways to find one. I came to a few website that help you find different names with various combinations which are very helpful
Domainr is a tool that allows you to search the entire domain space beyond the well-known top-level domains (com, net, org, etc..). You just type the term you would like to have and it will return the results of different TLDs. The interesting outcome of me using Domainr was that I came to understand what other TLDs are being mostly used.
Lean Domain Search helps you generate available domain names by adding your search term as a prefix or a suffix to a wide selection of words. The results return in a very friendly format where you can sort and filter it to find your fit.
Name Mesh is one of my favorite domain name brainstorming tools. The term you search for will return quiet few option such as common TLDs, new TLDs and a combination of mixed results. It will also search for synonyms, Antonyms and Thesaurus.
When I did all of the above searches, I hit a wall on the terms what I liked and wanted to get. I found a hit that is available through a premium in GoDaddy, which was $1,695. However, I am not ready to put that amount on a domain name. I personally believe that the content of the site make the domain name worth the money, not the term itself. Although some will disagree with me as common terms are healthy for SEO.
Here I started using google translate and started translating the terms which I really liked in Arabic to see if I can find that hit. It turned out to have the same difficulty of searching for an English term. I have then started searching for old Arabic terms which are used by our eldest generation. This have resulted in few available hits however nothing that made me go Yaaay!!
Finding a domain name is the most difficult part of the process of setting up the site. It might sound like I have done the search easily however it took me around four days to settle on one. If there is one thing I want you to take away from this is do not rush into picking the domain and be aware of different names around you that might be interested in to use as domain names.