Do you use the whois command for domains?
Nearly every domain registrar has a whois search where you can input a domain and find out information about that domain. Typically you can find out quickly if someone owns it and where it is currently sitting. I use the whois tool to find out where the domain was registered and try to figure out where the domain is being hosted.
Of course, you can register a domain here at WA which provides great support for domains names.
A domain search on whois will also tell you if its available or not.
Many times I want more information than simply, is it available or not?
I like this command because it takes me straight to results. I don't have to go to a site, enter the domain and add some kind of captcha to get the information I want.
I Type in my browser url search
I can usually find out the info I am looking for quickly. Most of the time, I simply want to know if its available without actually going to a domain registrar and looking it up.
This tool depending on how many times you use it could stop being available to you after a number of lookups. They try to get you to buy a membership to get more information. I have been using this service for many years and never paid for a membership.
Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?