Finding a New Domain Name With Bustaname.com

Ryan Stout has built a great tool to help in that increasingly difficult task of finding a suitable domain name for a new site.

Called Bust a Name it has a nice JavaScript interface with a rails, MySQL and lighttpd backend.

Primarily a word combiner, once you have entered your words you can select similar words from a drop down list. You can sort available domains by length, readability or alphabetically. A really useful feature is that you can group keywords so that keywords in the same group are not combined. Other options allow a limited number of suffixes and prefixes with an additional checkbox to pluralize or drop the last vowel.

Using this tool I have found that augmenting the similar word feature with a thesaurus and finding additional keywords to input with Google’s Keyword Tool helps a lot in finding usable domain names.

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