When you’re about to register a domain for your business, you’ll want to analyze the domain it in detail, including the age of the domain. This will give you an idea of how old the domain is and how long it has existed. The older the domain, the higher its value. If you’re registering a .com or other top-level domains, make sure the age makes sense when you plan to launch your business. There are different ways to check the age of a domain.
Check the Whois
The whois records the date that the domain was registered. If you see an expiration date there, you can subtract it from the current date to get an idea of how old the domain is. This can be a bit inaccurate, though, because domains often renew before they expire.
If there’s no expiration date listed, the domain has been registered for at least five years. To be more accurate, you can try the other methods below. Most domain registrars keep their whois records private. You might not be able to get the full history of the domain. If you can’t find the whois information for a domain you are considering. You might want to reconsider registering it.
Domain registration date
Typically a domain goes through varios expiration stages. Look for the “created on” or “registration date” line. This was the date when the domain was first registered. The domain registration date will be more accurate than the whois records. Again, remember that the domain could have been renewed before the expiration date. If the domain was registered more than five years ago, it has likely been around for a while. If it’s less than five years old, it could have been registered recently and not have a lot of history. Take all of these dates with a grain of salt.
If the domain is a .com, you can check the whois records to see when it’s supposed to expire. If it’s supposed to expire in two years or less, you can assume that the owner has plans to keep using it. If the expiration is more than two years in the future, there’s a good chance the domain has been abandoned or the owner is unsure what to do with it. In either case, the owner might be open to selling the domain before they lose it.
The ad age of a domain
The ad age of a domain is the difference between the registration date and the ad date. If the ad date is within the registration date, you can assume the domain is about a year old. The domain is probably around two years old if the ad date is a few years before the registration date. If the ad date is more than five years before the registration date, the domain is likely five or more years old. This method is a little less accurate than the others. The ad date might have been published a few days before it was listed online.