To give you guys some backstory, I was dabbling around with Flask the other day and decided to build something that I would’ve loved to use when I was trying to find a good name for my startup - a database of all the available one-word domain names out there. It’s a pretty straightforward idea but somehow I’ve never been able to find a resource like this online so I decided to make one myself.
Also, since this is my first time building a web-app from scratch, I'd appreciate any constructive criticism you guys have for me - don't be afraid to tear me apart with your feedback. As of right now, here are a few features that I am planning to add to the website:
- A synonym feature, where you can click on each domain and it'll show you synonyms to that domain that are available (I was actually planning to post about OWD on Hacker News today but I was met with a few obstacles when trying to build this feature, so I had to postpone the launch)
- A "staff picks" section for each TLD page
- .dev TLD page - gotta give back to the dev community!
Let me know what you guys think about these features. Also, please let me know any suggestions that you might have that could make this better. Thanks a lot!
P.S.: Also, I'm thinking about removing domains that were purchased from the "most popular" and "recently viewed" sections - should I do that or should I leave them there? I'm just worried that by leaving them there it's a little misleading - people might think it's still available.
Disclaimer: i made it.
For domain hunting, tld-list is a godsend. Thank you so much for this!
The best I can currently offer is the "Label is Word" column that identifies in which languages the label is considered a word or letter.
Also, I love the "total" word potential - I'll figure out a way on how to incorporate that!
As for Porkbun, I've received a couple of suggestions to add that, and I'll definitely consider adding it to the mix!
I have what I think is a great domain, elope.to.
The idea was to build an elopement app that sold elopement packages to various destinations, working with existing service providers in those locales (most wedding photographers provide elopement packages).
Eg: elope.to/tahiti, elope.to/seychelles, elope.to/lasvegas
I don't think I'll get the time to build it, so am considering selling.
Which brings me to my point... I couldn't find a way to list it on your site.
As for me - I've been coding in Python at school for a while now (I'm a data science major) but I haven't really had any experience with the full-stack so I wanted to take this as a learning opportunity for me. In total, it took me a week to build the whole site - the relatively quick timeline is probably because I treated it as a personal hackathon with a one-week deadline.
I’m currently choosing between doing my MBA and going full on into business management, or totally pivoting away and starting cs. So I’ll check this out
General question - if this was the first web app you worked on from scratch I'm impressed - did you have experience with working on existing ones?
And thank you for your encouraging words! I never had any experience building webapps from scratch - I've always resorted to no-code solutions like Webflow because I'm more into design myself. Here's one of my other projects that I'm working on, which I built with Webflow, if you're interested: https://www.sedge.io/
I remember back in ’99 seeing a list of English words that were still available as .com It was short enough to read at a sitting and I was going through it looking for potential band names. The only one I remember was “osteoclasts.” Unfortunately, we didn’t have a hard enough sound to merit that name.
Most one-word .COMs are weird/obscure, related to negative things or end in S, so not much use for a business. Fornicates.com was available recently though, as was goriest.com, both of which are not bad for less mainstream sites.
Outside .COM there are tons of one word domains. imagines.org was one of the ones I liked when I used to check under that extension.
Any Michaels here might be interested in micks.org. chiptune.org isn't bad. takeouts.org is available. And, uh, poontang.org. I think I'll end this now.
Since there seem to be a few domain related submissions at HN recently, for anyone wanting to register a name, Namecheap has a $6.06 .COM promo currently.
The registry may decide whether a domain is "premium" or not, but I had no issues transferring it to Google Domains and paying less than what I was paying before.
For anyone unfamiliar with premium TLD pricing:
- it's common for .com's to be sold on the aftermarket for high prices but the renewal prices are standardized. So if I invest $36k on buying appletini.com, I know I will be able to renew it for ~$10/yr.
- gTLD's like .land or .tech seem to set premium prices at the registrar level and apply to renewals. This means if I want apps.wiki, it's going to cost me $3,180/yr every year.
The risk I'm now wondering about:
If I build a successful brand around a gTLD, can that registrar retroactively classify that domain as a "premium" and just start 10x-ing my renewal price every year?
If this is possible, I cannot imagine how any serious site could be built on a gTLD.
> gTLD's like .land or .tech seem to set premium prices at the registrar level and apply to renewals. This means if I want apps.wiki, it's going to cost me $3,180/yr every year.
AIUI premium domains renew at a relatively normal price, so there may be a rule that states they can't charge premium rates for renewals (and therefore decide later your name is a premium), but in the domain world I wouldn't rule anything out.
I wouldn't personally use anything but .com/.net/.org or ccTLD for a serious site anyway.
It may not be worth it for one or two names but transferring domains is easy (and can be done even when expired) and it can make sense to move to another registrar to save money - transfer prices are often lower than renewal prices - or if the current registrar starts to be a dick.
I've never used Godaddy, which often had 99c/$1 coupons, but noticed on tld-list.com that their .COM renewal price is $18.17. Not sure what people are getting for paying twice as much as everywhere else.
Really, really, really bad customer support. Like they'll answer your phone calls, but they won't actually help you at all. Especially with billing issues.
I like their new nameliquidate service, a reverse auction for domains. I usually post domains there that I’m not going to renew.
They also do some cool organizational stuff and are pretty transparent.
I had many of issues over the years that were flawlessly solved with Dynadot chat support. Issues I was unable to fix with NameCheap (who has all customer support team in Eastern-block of Europe, so "made in America" does not apply), and also GoDaddy gave me issues. Besides I had a small back-and-forth battle here on HN with Namecheap CEO (I won), but needless to say it showed how unprofessional and childish the CEO of such popular company can be.
Also Namesilo is gaining some traction. Reliable, worth trying, but no chat help.
And re: Namecheap CEO's behavior - that's quite sad to hear. Nonetheless, my experience with them has been mostly positive though :')
> The parties acknowledge that the purpose of this Section 2.10(c) is to prohibit abusive and/or discriminatory Renewal Pricing practices imposed by Registry Operator without the written consent of the applicable registrant at the time of the initial registration of the domain and this Section 2.10(c) will be interpreted broadly to prohibit such practices.
I ask because I have a similar domain.
EDIT: I sent an email to ICANN asking about this issue since I still have domains registered with namecheap. I will update here if they respond.
Since the types and values of premium domains can vary a lot, I think the ability for a registry to arbitrarily declare a domain as premium presents a huge risk of abuse. I've searched a lot for info relating the rules for premium domains and I've never found anything. I'm super interested to hear what ICANN tells you.
Thank you for contacting ICANN Global Support.
I apologize for the difficulties you are experiencing. Unfortunately, ICANN does not control the sale or pricing of domain names. Registry operators and registrars are free to charge a premium for certain names at their discretion, assuming they are otherwise in compliance with the terms and conditions of their agreements. You may refer to the registrar's domain registration agreement to identify what the specified rates and restrictions are.
A registry operator or registrar may not implement/impose abusive or discriminatory renewal pricing practices without the written consent of the applicable registrant at the time of initial registration. This includes, for example, the requirement for advance notification of any price increase and the right to renew the registration at the price prior to such increase for a period of up to 10 years (i.e., the price may be locked in).
For more information about your rights and responsibilities as a domain name holder (registrant), please see our registrant rights and responsibilities page: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/benefits-2013-09-16-en.
With reference to the Expired Registration Recovery Policy (https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/errp-2013-02-28-en), Registrars must make their renewal fees, post-expiration renewal fees (if different), and redemption/restore fees reasonably available to registered name holders and prospective registered name holders at the time of registration of a gTLD name. At a minimum, these fees must be clearly displayed on the registrar's website and a link to these fees must be included in the registrar's registration agreements.
You may also contact the registry operator for (TLD) for more information on the pricing of their domains.
You can find the registry's contact information via this link: https://www.iana.org/domains/root/db
If you feel the Registrar's fees were not properly disclosed or posted on their website, you may submit the Registrar Standards Complaint form (https://forms.icann.org/en/resources/compliance/complaints/r...) to ICANN’s Contractual Compliance Team. They will review your complaint and reply to you within 5 business days.
This was for a `.club` TLD.
I think that refers to "extra-small", which is a word in the linked gist: https://gist.github.com/hugsy/8910dc78d208e40de42deb29e62df9...
As for extra-small, I used Google Domains to check it, it certainly seems to be registered as of May 16th.
I did some more digging, it appears that namecheap (or another registrar/reseller) squatted it and is reselling it as a premium domain for $190.
I suppose in the most technical sense, it is available, but my assumption was that this was a list of unregistered domains rather than say an AfterNIC competitor. Would it be possible to note in your database which domains are unregistered and which are being scalped?
Also, thank you for your kind words! And wow, I didn't know that people would actually sell lists like this - I was just building something that I knew I would want to use without really expecting anything in return, and I guess a lot of people found it useful too! :D
Would appreciate some suggestions on what to do to improve on this!
This also goes to show how big the domain aftermarket is - perhaps next time you could list your domains on sites like Dan.com, where they'll renew it for you automatically and help you find buyers who are willing to pay for your domain?
There are good names that sell all the time. You just need to catch them or use a backorder service like namejet, dropcatch, etc.
I would just take an existing word and change some of the letters.
Rivora, Espirole, Calind.
There ya go here's 3. Didn't check if they have domains or not but it really shouldn't take long to find a reasonable sounding 1 word untaken name.
I'll make note of this and maybe make some changes to this in future versions of the app. Thanks a lot for your feedback!
Again, thanks for being so cool, I didn't mean to really direct that at you- it was just a general "old man yells at cloud" kind of thing.
it's a great site btw, good luck with it!!
How is that a one word domain? Maybe two words count as one if they're extra small.
If you're new to marketing: domains with a dash in them are considered seconds rate to domains that don't have a dash.
hyphenated words still count as words in most definitions of words, even if it does seem contradictory in this context.
Just picked up impartial.app - might try a just-for-fun side project and hook it into some sort a decision making algo and/or crowd-sourced vote.
Premise: User can't decide something and must enter N possible options, then have the app pick the winner.
Twist: The user doesn't ever define the problem, just potential choices.
b) Snowball it
Impartial.app says: __________
but seriously who is going to visit your site when the domain is name is myawesomeapp2020.com might as well purchase the domain in advance right?
But don't worry, you'll find a viable business idea/business model for it soon, I believe in you!
I've always wanted to learn frontend programming/ design but am intimidated by CSS/ Bootstrap since there are too many screen sizes to take account of. Could you recommend resources/ links to learn more about frontend design/ programming? Thank you!
As for resources, I usually refer a lot to CSS Tricks, Codepen.io, W3 Schools, GeeksforGeeks, and good old StackOverflow when I'm building my websites. Hope this helps! Also, feel free to reach out to me via Twitter - I would love to keep in touch with you there!
Edit: also, being the Italian TLD I'm guessing quite a few English words are still available
It has opened to everyone about a year ago (with some minimal paperwork), it's cheapish ($33 from Namecheap I believe) and makes fun domains (truth.is, acting.is). It is also one of the least squatted cc domains, likely because it isn't available from most places like GoDaddy.
It also doesn't hurt that Iceland is a stable, independent and protective of rights. I worry about .io and wouldn't want to lock a business into that domain space.
Those are letters, not alphabets.
You wouldn't say "My name starts with the alphabet M."
What the heck is a "seargent"? I assume they mean "sergeant"?
Thanks for pointing it out btw!
Hope you hold on to yours for as long as you can - or sell/lease them for a nice profit on Dan.com!
On one hand they give amazing suggestions and prove useful to small scale devs like me and others coming here.
On the other hand, a few weeks from now most of them will be snatched by squatters, essentially rendering them useless for small scale devs like me and others coming here.
> whois extra-small.com
Creation Date: 2020-05-16T16:56:51Z
Good idea, even better implementation.
You can forward mail to/from gmail with it basically the same, it has a very low sending limit on the free plan (but I'm not sure if that applies to mail forwarded from gmail), and it claims to attach a footer on the free plan (like forwardmail.net does), but it doesn't actually seem to do so to mail forwarded from gmail. https://www.migadu.com/en/guides/gmail.html
Meanwhile it has it's own webmail/pop3/smtp servers so it will be easy to move away from gmail entirely in the future.
I also just really liked the tone of the website, I have a lot more confidence in them not doing scummy things than I do in forwardmail.net not doing scummy things (though that is just based on reading a website, not the most reliable indicator ever).
Anyways, we will see in a few months if I think I made the right choice.
I have reported you to moderators.
Note that the "free plan" comment was about migadu's service not your service, migadu only ever adds text to the email on the free plan (as far as I can tell).
PS. The link in the TOC to that line in the faq is broken, presumably because of the extra dash before "in".
PPS. I have no relation to migadu except that I just signed up for it. The first time I heard of it was yesterday.
So does gmail (in their case to somewhere between roughly 150 and 500 depending on how you use the service). So does basically everyone if they don't want to get marked as a spammer and have their emails not delivered.
Migadu billing based on the number of emails per day is novel (to me), but having a limit is normal. Billing based on emails per day seems reasonable. The limit isn't strictly enforced either (per their website: https://www.migadu.com/en/drawbacks.html).
> have you read their Terms and Privacy policies
I have. They seem both reasonably short and not at all obnoxious. What issues do you have with them?