pcNames makes it easy to find available, expired, and pre-release domain names.
I use a number of web sites to find quality domains names. For example, if I need a domain name related to phones, I might search at SnapCheck or DomainTools.com to find available or expiring domains that include “phone”. Both of these are good services I highly recommend.
But there’s a fairly new player in town that deserves a pat on the back. pcNames makes it very easy to find and register domain names thanks to its simple navigation structure and integration with registrars and expired domain services.
For example, search for “phone” and pcNames returns a list of domains including the term “phone”. It also suggests other keywords to consider, such as mobile, cell, and wireless. If you see domains you like, you can add them to an onscreen cart, select your registrar of choice, and then automatically add those domains to your cart at that registrar. Right now the service supports Yahoo! Domains, GoDaddy, IYD, DomainDirect, Dotster, Network Solutions, Moniker, RegisterFly, and Register.com.
Of course it’s hard to find unregistered domains that are worth registering. So if you don’t find an available domain, you can click on the Expired tab at the top of the page to find domains that are expiring soon and contain your term. Much like the add to cart feature for regular registrations, you can add multiple domains to your backorder cart and add them to your backorders at SnapNames, NameWinner, Pool, or GoDaddy TDNAM.
Perhaps the best feature is the Pre-Release expired domains search. Enter your keyword and pcNames pulls up a list of expiring domains that are available through direct transfer from various registrars. The system knows which service the domains are available from and will automatically redirect you to the correct service. For example, if I click on PhoneAlive.com it transfers me to SnapNames. If I click on PhoneConnecting.com it sends me to NameWinner.
pcNames has evolved since its launch and has become more useful. Here are a couple additional features I’d like to see:
-Integration with domain aftermarkets such as Sedo and Afternic, similar to DomainTools.com
-Expired domain stat integration, such as backlinks
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