Find a domain name for your academic website
Enter your name to find domain name ideas for your academic website.
Frequently asked questions
What does this tool do?
This tool is for finding domain names for your academic website. Enter your name (or your lab’s name) and it will generate possible domain names. The tool will check which domain names are available to buy from a domain registrar (Google Domains).
Who is this tool for?
This tool is for anyone who wants a website to share their academic work online. For example, students, postdocs, professors, researchers, scientists, etc.
How can this tool help me?
Finding a domain name can be hard, especially, if you have a common name. You can do some creative tinkering (like appending “phd” or using a different TLD) to find a domain name. Also, this tool will automatically check the availability of domain names.
Why should I have my own domain name?
Some reasons why you should have own your domain name:
- Having your own domain name gives you an instant credibility boost.
- Your domain name goes with you regardless of any institution you go to in your academic career.
- A domain that incorporates your name helps others find you in search results.
Should I have a website under my university domain?
Yes, you should, but it should just be simple webpage that links to your domain name. Your full website should still be hosted under your domain name.
What is a TLD?
A TLD (top-level domain) is one of the domains at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the Internet. It’s the “.com” in owlstown.com. Other common examples are “.net” and “.org”.
What are the TLDs supported in this tool?
- .com - The most common TLD. Fine for academic use.
- .org - Associated with non-profit organizations
- .net - Stands for network. A common alternative to .com.
- .me - Reference to oneself in English. Popular domain hack. TLD of Montenegro.
- .name - Intended for personal names.
- .ac - Associated with “academic”. TLD of Ascension Island.
What is a domain registrar?
A domain registrar is where you buy your domain name. You register the domain name, so that you can use it to point to where your website is hosted.
Which domain registrar should I use?
I suggest using Google Domains or Namecheap as your domain registrar. They are easy to use and reasonably priced. They also don’t try to hard sell you on upgrades that you don’t need.
How do you check for availability of the domains?
This tools uses the Domainr API to check for availability of domain names.
I have a clever idea for a domain name option.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have clever ideas for a domain name option. Any feedback or questions are also welcome.