One of the biggest decisions you'll ever face when creating a new website is choosing the right domain name. A common struggle with this process is that you may have thought of the perfect name, but a competitor has already registered it. In this case you have one of two options.
The easiest option is simple, choose a different domain name. This can be a difficult especially if you've got your heart set on a certain name, but choosing to take the same concept and apply slightly different wordings can often result in an acceptable outcome (IE “TheTechReviewer.com vs. “TechReviewer.com”).
You're second option is to contact the owner of the domain and ask to buy it from him/her. This is rather common although I will warn you that many domain owners want to sell their offerings for a premium price so be ready to dish out far more than the $8.99/yr you'd pay at NameSilo. Nonetheless, I would always try this route first even if you don't have a great deal of capital to spend since you'll occasionally find someone who bought the domain and no longer uses it and is willing to sell it for a few extra bucks.
The process of figuring out exactly who owns a particular domain name is not always an easy process as some people opt to hide their WHOIS information which makes it difficult to find their contact information. If the WHOIS information is not private then it should be rather simple to find the owner's name and contact information using the method highlighted below:
Step #1: Visit Lookwhois.net
Step #2: Type In The URL You're Seeking Info On & Click “Who Owns This Domain Name”
Step #3: Scroll Down & Locate The Contact Information
At this point you should have been able to find at least one contact for your domain in question. It is important to note that the “registrant name” is the person who actually owns the domain and the “tech name” is more having to do with operations management. Though I'd focus more on getting a hold of the registrant name, sending an email to the contact under tech name couldn't hurt if you are unable to make contact initially.
By the way, if you are in the market for buying a new domain then I'd highly suggest reading our article our domain-related articles which I've linked below. They can save you some serious time and money in the long run especially by choosing a reputable domain registrar like NameSilo instead of the less reputable, but more common GoDaddy option. Good luck on your domain search and future website creation!
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.