Take the first step towards bringing your business online
It's important to choose a domain name or URL, that's easy to remember and spell so customers can find you easily. You can customize your domain name to your store name, and it can end in .com, .org, .gov, and even more creative things like .co or .io.
Search the availability of a domain name that reflects your business with Shopify’s free WHOIS lookup. This search tool is designed to help you find WHOIS information about a domain name, who might own it, and when it expires.
If the domain name you searched for is unavailable, use the WHOIS search to find out when it expires before you move into other ideas. If you have an existing website, the WHOIS tool can help you check domain information when transferring ownership to a new website.
How to come up with the right domain for your business
The tool lets you search an unlimited amount of domain names for your business, from the public WHOIS database. If your business name has already been registered by someone else, you can explore available domains based on your search.
Shopify’s WHOIS search tool will provide you a list of recommended domains, but finding the right one that works for your brand is up to you. Knowing what makes the best domain isn’t always easy, but when you register a website name, here are some factors to keep in mind:
Availability: Make sure your brand name isn’t already taken by someone else to avoid legal risks. If another brand has reserved your website name (or something similar), it can be confusing for customers and misrepresent your online reputation and search availability.
Clarity: Choose a domain that is simple, clear, and makes your business memorable for customers returning to your website. If customers don’t understand your website or brand initially, they will be less likely to remember it in the future. A good domain name shouldn’t need to be explained.
Searchability: It’s important to choose a domain name that doesn’t look to close to any major competitors or brands online. This way, your audience will have no trouble finding your business or the keywords associated with it. Your domain name should be as memorable as your brand name and easy to associate with your business. Once you’ve found the right domain, make sure to reserve it as soon as possible.
Fast and easy domain names from Shopify’s business name generator
If you don’t already have a business name, try Shopify’s Business Name Generator to explore original and available domain names, auto-generated in seconds. When you register a domain name with Shopify, you’ll receive a 3-day free trial to start your online store.