Hey guys.. Simple question:

What's the best way to search for new unregistered domains without your domain searches being taken by someone else or having those new names registered before you can do it. ?

I usually use Namecheap to find new unregistered domains, but not anymore after this week.

You've probably heard this before:
I had some unregistered names I was planning to use taken the other day and registered by someone else.
Now it's my turn. Happened this week to me too.

Certainly the practice is nothing new:
Who Is Monitoring Your Domain Searches?

I already knew it happens to people at places like Network Solutions and Godaddy, I just never expected it to happen with Namecheap. At least now I know better.

I know network solutions has a permanent bad reputation for all the domain theft and scams they tried to get away with over the years, eg: Network Solutions steals domain ideas; Confirmed! , wasn't expecting it from Namecheap.


I found this PHP script you can use to check a domain directly.

To use it, set the form action to use the same name as whatever you save the file as eg domain-whois.php.

<form method="POST" action="domain-whois.php">
or use $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'] for the action, to post to itself.

<form method="POST" action="<?php $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'] ?>">
simple whois/domain availability check using cURL:

function domain_check($domain) {

$data = 'http://'.$domain;

// Create a curl handle to a non-existing location
$ch = curl_init($data);

// Execute
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);

// Check if any error occured
    return '<span style="color:#22c922">The domain is available!</span>';
} else {
    return '<span style="color:#c92222">The domain is not available</span>';

// Close handle

// Usage:
if(isset($_POST['domain'])) {
 echo domain_check($_POST['domain'].$_POST['tld']);


<form method="POST" action="domain-whois.php">
http:// <input type="text" name="domain">
<select name="tld">
<option value=".com">.com</option>
<option value=".org">.org</option>
<option value=".net">.net</option>
<input type="submit" value="Check">
Basically my questions are :

Does anyone know of any domain registrar site to use that won't result in what I search for being stolen before I can register it ?

And is there a more secure method or service we can use to search for unregistered domains that doesn't end up with someone stealing your ideas ?

Or maybe just don't search for anything unless you are prepared to register it on the spot ?

Has this happened to anyone else recently ?