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The View Source weekly series offers 10-minute projects on intermediate and advanced web design topics, covering technologies such as HTML, PHP, jQuery, and CSS, as well as content management solutions like WordPress and integration with Twitter, YouTube, and more. Each movie in the course is self-contained and shows how to accomplish an interesting effect and/or technique. Example projects include creating datepickers and custom photo galleries, and mapping and geotagging with Google Maps.
Hello! This is Ray Villalobos and welcome to View Source! In this episode we're going to take a look at different tools to help you find a great domain. So if you're looking to launch the next dot com, it's time to View Source. Getting a great domain is tough, and just when you think you have the right combination of words, you check your hosting provider and sure enough that name has already been taken by somebody else. So there's a lot of web sites that can help you pick an excellent domain name, and one of the ones that I like to use is Dot-o-mator. This gives you a lot of lists of things that you can try starting with, start maybe with some tech words, or you can type in your own words right here, and it will combine and try to find available domains for you.
And this is just a really quick way of getting ideas that will help you brainstorm on the names that you can use. So you can click on this and it will add them to a scratchboard, and then you can start a new list, and combine some of the other lists right here, or type in your own. So we can combine some of these by just hitting Combine, and it will give us a lot of different options. So that's a great way of getting started. There's another really excellent tool called NameStation. Now, NameStation has a lot of different types of generators, one of them is the Random Names generator.
So here you type in a prefix and a suffix that you might want, like the word source here, and you hit Generate names, and it tries to look for things that end with that name. Make sure you click on this Hide Taken to hide the names that have already been taken. So you can try to use some of these names right here, although these don't particularly look great to me right now, or you can try to play around with some of these other options. Now, it has a lot of other sub-options up here that you can click, so I'm going to click on Keyword Domains, and in this case it's going to try to search for related keywords based on what you type in here.
So I'll type in programming, and we'll find keyword domains related to that keyword. So if we had two m's on programming and left out the i, that might make a good name. You could hit Hide Taken again and then take a look at alternatives for every one of these, or check out the additional pages of options that it gives you. So you can also see that it gives you options for alternatives for what you're typing. So you can click on some of these other ones and take a look at suggested domains as well.
You'll see that there's also sub- tabs for all kinds of other options. You can also do a List Search, which will allow you to see lists of items it recommends for you to try and find. So we could take a look at this here and see if we can find Major US cities and do a Keyword for developer, and we'll hit Search, and it will give us some options here. And finally, you can hit Compound Words and try different combinations of words. So that's a really good tool for when you get stuck and can't find exactly what to name your dot com, you can take a look at this particular tool and find lots of different options on how you can combine your words.
Another one that I like that has a funny name is BustAName. In this one you type in a few words, like say view source development, and we'll click on this Add right here, and it will start to try to find available domains with those words in them. If you get stuck and it can't find something combining those, then you can roll over right here and find additional options that are based on the words that you type. So maybe we'll add viewpoint here, and then it actually starts to come up with some options. If we go down here, we can control additional sub-options, so we can look for other top-level domain extensions or maybe add the letters i or e or my, and it's going to come up with a few more options in that case.
We can also add groups of options to make sure that we're not violating groups of things that we want to be related. So here development and source might be part of the same combination so it's going to find words here and combine them with words in this Group 1. And you can add additional options here, so mother, mother might not be a good thing, we'll move it up here. So we can take some of these options out by clicking this off and add some other options right from here, and then just play around with whether or not we want two or three word combinations, obviously three words are more complicated, but it will give us additional options as well.
You can also try this additional tool down here called a Brandable domain generator. It's a slightly different way of coming up with keywords. So you can make domains that start with the word view and make domains look natural and hit Make Random Domains. This version of the Domain Maker tool tries to find words that are based on what you type in here and sound kind of natural. So sometimes it does a good job and sometimes it could be a little bit better. So I'm typing different things in here and having it try different random words based on my original words.
So next time you're looking for a great domain, don't just do a search at your hosting provider using their tools, try some of these other tools that give you a lot of different options, and even come up with some crazy ideas based on words, random things, all kinds of combinations and thesaurus suggestions of what you can use.
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