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WordPress Domain Search


Check domain name availability through several top registrars directly from your website with this free plugin. WordPress Domain Search also adds a domain search to the admin dashboard of your WordPress account to make it even easier to snatch up great domain names before the competition. With the use of widgets and shortcodes you can add multiple domain search features anywhere on your website.

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  • After you install WordPress Domain Search (by uploading it to /wp-content/plugins/) you will need to navigate to the "Plugins" page from your dashboard and activate the plugin.
  • Activating the WordPress Domain Search plugin will create a domain search dashboard widget.
  • Activating the WordPress Domain Search plugin will also create a widget.
  • Once you have activated the widget you will have access to the customization options.
  • Now you can quickly and easily search for available domain names directly from your website.



  1. Upload “domain-search” to the “/wp-content/plugins/” directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress.

Domain Search Widget

  1. Activate the widget though the “Appearances” menu in WordPress.
  2. Adjust options to your liking.
  3. You’re Done!

Domain Search Shortcode


The shortcode shown above will create a domain search bar with the following options configured by default:

  • title …
  • showtitle … hidden
  • placeholder …
  • button … go
  • width … 100
  • registrar … NW
  • tldmenu … visible
  • target … _blank
  • css_div …
  • css_form …
  • css_domain … float:left;
  • css_tld … float:left;
  • css_submit … float:left;

These are the plain text options:

  • title
  • placeholder
  • button

These are the either/or options:

  • showtitle … hidden OR visible
  • width … px OR %
  • registrar … NW or DN or GD or NS or 11 or RE
  • tldmenu … hidden OR visible
  • target … _blank OR _self

The registrar acronyms are as follows:

  • NW …
  • DN …
  • GD …
  • NS …
  • RE …
  • 11 …

All options beginning with css_ represent CSS selectors:

  • css_div … #_UNIQUE_WP_GENERATED_ID {}
  • css_form … #_UNIQUE_WP_GENERATED_ID form {}
  • css_domain … #_UNIQUE_WP_GENERATED_ID input[name="domain"] {}
  • css_tld … #_UNIQUE_WP_GENERATED_ID select[name="tld"] {}
  • css_submit … #_UNIQUE_WP_GENERATED_ID input[name="submit"] {}

Therefore, you should be adding key value pairs… attribute:value;

Full Example:

    title="Search for a Domain Name"
    tldmenu ="visible"
    css_tld="float:left; height:20px;"
    css_submit="float:left; color:#FFF; border:#d85f0e solid 1px; background-color:#d85f0e;"


I activated the plugin, now what?

Now you create a domain search bar to put on your site. There are two ways…

  • In the widget section of your admin panel you will see a new widget titled “WordPress Domain Search”… drag, drop, configure options, and its live.
  • You can also add the domain search form to non-widgetized areas of your website with a shortcode (see “Installation” tab).
Which registrars can I choose from?

Available registrars include;,,,,, and

Can I use CSS to customize the style of the domain search bar?

Yes. Custom CSS can be added to both widgets and shortcodes to customize each domain search individually.

How do I setup the shortcode?

Instructions are provided on the “Installation” tab (above).

What if I do not want the domain search widget on my dashboard?
  1. From the dashboard click the “Screen Options” tab in the upper right.
  2. Uncheck the box next to “Domain Search”.
What if I only want the domain search feature on my dashboard?

Follow the installation instructions, but skip step number three.

Can I display the results on my site?

Not yet, but keep this plugin updated… 😉

What is a TLD?

TLD is an acronym for “top-level domain”. TLDs are more commonly known as domain extensions. There are hundreds of TLDs available.

What domain extensions can be searched?

These are the available domain extensions, listed by registrar:


.com, .co, .org, .net, .me, .info, .biz, .us, .tv, .ca, .mobi,
.name, .tel, .xxx,,, .asia, .ws, .bz, .de, .es,
.cc, .la, .nu,, .aero, .com, .coop, .jobs, .museum, .at,
.be, .ch, .cn,,,, .eu, .hn, .it, .vc’

.com, .co, .info, .net, .org, .me, .mobi, .us, .biz, .ca, .cc,
.tv, .ws, .asia, .xxx, .mx,, .eu, .de, .es,,,, .it, .fr, .nl, .am, .at, .be,,,, .se, .ag,,,, .bz,,, .gs, .ms,,,,,,
.fm, .in,,,,,,,
.jp, .nu,,,,,,,
.tk, .tw,,,

.com, .co, .biz, .info, .mobi, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tv,
.tel, .xxx, .asia, .ca, .gd, .ms, .mx,,, .tc,
.us,, .vc, .vg, .ag,,, .bz,,,, .gs, .hn, .lc,, .am, .at, .be, .ch,
.cz, .de,, .es, .eu,,,,,
.im, .li, .me

.com, .co, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .eu, .es, .ro, .eg, .ie,
.mobi, .tel, .us, .tv, .cc, .ws, .la, .name, .ca, .aero,
.travel, .coop, .pro, .cat,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, .cn,,,,

.com, .co, .net, .org, .info, .mx, .us, .ca, .biz, .mobi,
.name, .tv, .ws, .cc

What if I didn’t find the answer I was looking for?

Please send your questions and suggestions to…

Contributors & Developers

“WordPress Domain Search” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



  • Function change to support servers running versions of PHP older than 5.3


  • Added shortscode support.
  • Added custom CSS options.
  • Refactored CSS scheme.


  • Added as an available domain registrar.
  • Name change: became
  • Updated supported TLD lists.
  • Updated the widget options.
  • Simplified the HTML structure around the domain search bar.
  • Confirmed compatibility up to WordPress version 3.5.1


  • Added the “Widget Title Display” option.
  • Added,,, and as options for the registrar to check domain availability.
  • Added the option to choose a target window.
  • Added the “TLD Menu Display” option (only available for some registrars).
  • Added support for multiple instances of the widget.
  • Updated to the newest version of the WordPress Widget API.
  • Confirmed compatibility up to WordPress version 3.2.1


  • Set the domain search results page to open in a new tab.
  • Added the domain search feature as an admin dashboard widget.


  • Added .SE as an available domain extension. This extension is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Sweden.
  • Confirmed backwards compatibility to WordPress version 2.8
  • Confirmed compatibility up to WordPress version 3.0.5