4-letter domains about to expire:qvvy.com, hxya.com

April 14th, 2011


Analysis: Very easy on the eyes, this could be turned into a savvy Question and Answer website (Don’t just be savvy…, be Qvvy).

Hxya.com (Hex ya)

Analysis: This could be turned into a ‘fun’ witchcraft or witch-related website/forum (Halloween costumes, etc.) or horror entertainment site. The actual domain name has likely been used in recent times by a Beijing company related to surveillance http://www.hxya.com.cn.  And while you are at it, you can grab hexya.com, which no one is using at the moment!

Tip: you can use restoredomains.com to search specifically for 4 or 5 letter domain names.

3-letter domains about to expire:S5O.com, 9FI.net, 5mu.com

April 12th, 2011

These ones will be turning the corner fairly soon.


Analysis: the O at the end is strange as it could be confused with the digit 0. It has some Alexa ranking.  Owner has originally listed it for sale at USD5,000.

Ideas: 5 could be five oceans, excellent for a maritime company, how about Service Five Oceans, Shipping Five Oceans.


Ideas: mu could be the name of the Greek letter μ (mu) and it could be used by a technology company that has five areas of expertise, or one simply called 5μ


Analysis: The .com version is not in use.  This one could be used by an entity in Finland, for example a TV or radio station.

Grab them before it is too late:

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How it works

April 11th, 2011

Websites that have been abandoned by their owners are subject to removal by their hosting providers.

Let’s say that there was a website called derryhotels.com.

The domain name needed to be renewed at least once every year.  Some website owners can usually make long-term domain purchases of up to 10 or 12 years.

However, if a renewal for a website is not done in time , the hosting provider will cancel the account by suspending any original web pages from showing.  It its place, the hosting provider might publish a notice saying that the account has been suspended.

The website owner is provided ample time to renew even if their hosting has been cancelled.   If this does not happen, then the hosting provider releases the domain name and it achieves the ‘dropped’ status.

Our website feeds from this list of expired domain names about 24h before they are officially dropped.   This is a crucial time as anyone can then proceed to register it again.

So even though as of this writing the website derryhotels.com has not gone through the final drop process, it will do so within the next day.

So give our tool the first try and if you feel you can restore a domain to its former glory, you have the option to register for a minimum of one year.

Even if you do not intend on buying a website right away, our tool can be used to give you ideas for your next project.


  1. Go to http://restoredomains.com
  2. Enter your keyword, for example: sports
  3. To make your search a more targeted one, you can set the number of digits to around 12, smaller words that are made of a single or two words will be more valuable to you in the long run
  4. On the .tld combo box, switch to .com.  .com names are more valuable and harder to register because of their popularity so competition will be fierce.
  5. Select the ‘Search Now’ button.

That’s all there is to it. We will work to continually improve search results and features.