The Guru is finally having a chance to dig through his Contact Us mailbox. After shoveling out a thick layer of the spam messages, I came across a message from Richard Kershaw, developer of The Domain Lookup Extension. This neat little extension that will allow you to see if a domain name based on the highlighted text is available. Once installed Domain Lookup add-on will add a ‘Domain Lookup for…’ option to the context (right-click) menu. There is also suppose to be a short cut key (CTRL+SHIFT+D) but that does not seem to work as Firefox keeps asking me where I want to Bookmark on all my tabs. I will have to drop a note to the developer about this issue.
Options are plenty with this add-on. You can select your favorite Registrar, which TLD (extensions) you wish to search, define the short-cut key and opt-out of anonymous usage statistics. You can also do a manual update on the domain registrar details.
Being in the domain name business, I can see the usefulness of this add-on. The casual domain buyers may not have much use for this add-on, but for the power-buyers (those who call up and ask me for my e-mail address so they can send a list of a couple hundred domain names they want to register) could find this very useful. I would suggest adding .TV, .MOBI and .ASIA to the list of TLDs and may be the .NAME or .WS, not that I have seen many of those registered. Users can contact the developer via a link on the site to suggest additional registrars and/or TLD’s. Domain Lookup is 23 KB and NOT available via AMO. To download this add-on, you will need to go directly to the developer site.