The New Domain Lookup textbox in the RWI allows you to check the availability of a domain name and request suggestions for similar, available names.
In order to provide you with the largest selection of names from which to choose, you can widen your search to include, not only domain names that are supplied by OpenSRS, but also domain names that may be purchased from external (non-OpenSRS) suppliers; these are referred to as Premium Domains. Many desirable domain names may already be taken, but the owners are willing to sell them for a price.
When you perform a domain name lookup that includes Premium domains, the search results show whether the name you entered (or similar names) is available from a non-OpenSRS supplier. For those Premium Domains that have a set price, the search results list indicates the purchase price.
If you include Premium Domains - Make Offer in your search criteria, the search results may also include Premium Domain names that are available from a non-OpenSRS supplier that allows you to negotiate the price. To purchase these domains, you click Make Offer to begin the negotiation process. When you choose this option, you are taken to the Sedo website, and the rest of the purchase process is done through Sedo. As the buyer, you make an offer which the seller can choose to accept or reject, or they can make a counter offer.
Note: Premium domains that are purchased cannot be transferred away for 60 days.
To register a domain name through the RWI
1. In the Domain Lookups section, select the type of results that you want to see by selecting one or more of the following:
- Display Suggested Names—Domain names that are similar to the one you entered in the Domain Search field.
- Display Premium Domains—Domain names that may be purchased from external suppliers. Many desirable domain names may already be taken, but the owners are willing to sell them for a price. The search results show whether the name you entered (or similar names if you also selected Name Suggestion) is available, as well as the purchase price of the available Premium domain names.
- Display Premium Domains - Brokered Transfers—Domain names that may be purchased from external suppliers that use a broker to complete the purchase process. These domains may take several days to complete.
- Display Premium Domains - Make Offer—Domain names that may be purchased from external suppliers. The price is not displayed; instead the potential buyer can make an offer and the seller might accept the offer or make a counter offer.
- Display Generic TLDs—gTLDs include domains such as .ASIA, ,.BIZ, .COM, .INFO, .MOBI, .NAME, .NET, .ORG, .TEL and XXX.
- Display ccTLDs—Country Code TLDs.
- Display Personal Names—Domain names that are based on your own name. When you search for a name using the format firstname lastname, the results indicate whether web and email addresses are available for that name. For more information, see “What are Personal Names and how do I get one?”
2. Optionally, click the applicable checkboxes to choose the languages in which you want to see suggestions for similar names.
For example, you can submit a name, word, or phrase in Spanish and request suggestions in Spanish by putting a checkmark in the Spanish checkbox. If you do not choose a language, the system tries to determine the language you used in the New Domain Lookup field and returns suggestions in that language.
3. In the New Domain Lookup field, enter a name, word, or phrase, and click Check Availability.
The system checks the availability of the name you entered. If a domain name has the status Undetermined, it means that the system could not connect to the applicable Registry to find out whether the name is available or not.
If you searched for the exact domain name that you want, including the TLD extension (such as example.com), and the name is available, the registration form appears. If the name is not available or if you entered anything other than a complete domain name, you will see a list of related, available domain names.
4. Do one of the following:
- If the list includes a name that you want, click Register.
Complete the New Domain Registration Form and click Submit.
- If there is a Premium domain or a Premium brokered domain name that you want, click Purchase.
Complete the Premium Domain Form opens and click Submit.
Once you submit the completed order form, it is processed like any other domain name registration, except that the new expiry date for the domain will be one year from the old expiry date for that domain.
- If there is a Premium domain that does not display a set price, it means that the price is negotiable. Click Make Offer to begin the purchase process. You are taken to the Sedo website, and the rest of the purchase process is done through Sedo. The buyer makes an offer which the seller can accept or reject, or they can make a counter offer.
Important: OpenSRS has no input or influence on these purchases. Once the domain name is purchased, the buyer can transfer the domain anywhere they choose, whether that is to OpenSRS or to another registrar. Resellers do not earn any commission from the purchase of these domains.
Note: Due to the additional checks that are required to confirm availability and obtain Premium domains, the purchase process may take slightly longer than a new domain registration.
For example, if you select Display Suggested Names, Display Generic TLDs, and Display Premium Domains, the system returns a list of domain names that match or are similar to what you entered in the New Domain Lookup field, and tells you whether each of the the names are Available or Taken as well the cost for those domain names that are for sale from non-OpenSRS suppliers.
If you select Display Premium Domains, Display Premium Domains - Brokered Transfers and Display Premium Domains - Make Offer, the system returns a list of domain names that that can be purchased through third party vendors.
Premium names that are brokered and those whose price is negotiable are displayed in separate sections on the Domain Name Availability Results page.