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Verisign NameStudio® API FAQs


What is the Verisign NameStudio API Service?

The Verisign NameStudio API Service is a smart API-based domain name suggestion solution. The Service is designed to help registrars, web hosting service companies, and other businesses that offer domain name search and registration services deliver relevant domain name suggestions to their end-user customers.

Is the Verisign NameStudio API Service a domain name spinner?

The Verisign NameStudio API Service is an API-based domain name suggestion solution. This type of solution is also referred to as a domain name spinner and domain name generator in the domain industry.

Does the Verisign NameStudio API Service provide recommendations for both the second-level domain (SLD) and top-level domain (TLD)?

The Verisign NameStudio API Service provides second-level and top-level domain name suggestions. For example, if someone searches for a domain name with a specific TLD and the exact match is not available, the Service will use various algorithms and data sources to generate a list of alternative second-level domain names in one or more TLDs*.

* NameStudio API provides second-level domain name suggestions in Verisign-operated TLDs and non-Verisign-operated TLDs. Availability checks are currently offered in Verisign-operated TLDs and several other TLDs. Availability checks are subject to change and do not reflect domain names that may be unavailable due to registry operator policies.

Does Verisign provide NameStudio API reports to customers?

Yes. Customers have access to NameStudio API reports. They can use this information to analyze their domain name search platform performance and to inform optimization decisions about their search tools.

What are some of the features of the Verisign NameStudio API Service?

Relevant Domain Name Suggestions

Analyzes end-user queries using machine learning technology to return more relevant domain name suggestions

Personal Names Suggestion

Distinguishes personal names from other keywords to provide relevant domain name suggestions

Online Presence EndpointNEW

Provides domain name suggestions* based on information users choose to share with the NameStudio API customer about their online presence including the website URL, social media, email address, preferred business name, or industry.

Single Function API Endpoints

Easily build your own custom search experience using single function API endpoints such as word segmentation, prefixes and suffixes, personal names, and more, to cover specialized domain name suggestion needs

Bulk Availability Check

Check availability for up to 1,000 domain names in specified TLDs using a single query**

Intelligent Ranking

Ranks suggested domain names and presents results based on semantic relevance and other factors

* The domain name suggestions provided by the Online Presence Endpoint in NameStudio API are solely based on input parameters provided by the NameStudio API customer.

** Availability checks are currently offered in Verisign-operated TLDs and several other TLDs. Availability checks in non-Verisign-operated TLDs are subject to change.

How does the Verisign NameStudio API Service work?

The Verisign NameStudio API Service can be easily used in your domain name search platform. When your customer conducts a search using a keyword or a TLD-specific domain name, the Verisign NameStudio API Service uses advanced linguistic technology to analyze the query and suggests relevant domain names. The domain name suggestions returned are based on several factors, including popular keywords, semantic relevance, and geography. The Verisign NameStudio API Service can help your customers discover numerous ways to describe their business, website, products, and services.

Will the implementation of the Verisign NameStudio API Service impact our domain name registration process?

When a user chooses a domain name suggested by the Verisign NameStudio API Service, the user will follow the process that you have put in place for registering domain names.

What are the benefits of using the Verisign NameStudio API Service?

The Verisign NameStudio API Service:

  • Can be easily and flexibly used in your platform

  • Is backed by machine learning algorithms that are continuously enhanced

  • Returns relevant domain name suggestions

How easy is it to implement the Verisign NameStudio API Service?

You can implement the Verisign NameStudio API Service with minimal effort. Choose our API with predefined functionality or configure your search experience using our single-function API endpoints to help meet your business goals.

What are some of the ways I could potentially use NameStudio API’s Online Presence Endpoint to help my customers?

Some of the ways you can leverage the power of the Online Presence Endpoint feature include:

  • Proactively sharing Online Presence Endpoint’s domain name suggestions in your email or direct marketing campaigns to your existing customers

  • Integrating Online Presence Endpoint into a sign-up workflow, providing users with the choice to receive domain name suggestions that may be more desirable and relevant

What is the rate limit for the Verisign NameStudio API Keys?

The Verisign NameStudio API Key has a default rate limit of 350 queries per minute per API Key for production and 100 queries per minute per API Key for the testing environment.

Can the rate limit for the Verisign NameStudio API Keys be increased?

Yes, the rate limit for Verisign NameStudio API Keys can be increased. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To request a rate limit increase, please email our global support team at customerservice@verisign.com.

How often is the Verisign NameStudio API Service updated?

The Verisign NameStudio API Service is generally updated on a monthly basis. The updates are posted to the “What’s New” section of the Developer Portal and are reflected in the Verisign NameStudio API Service Guide found in the Developer Portal.

Which TLDs does the Verisign NameStudio API Service support?

The Verisign NameStudio API Service can provide domain name suggestions across a wide range of TLDs including Verisign-operated TLDs and other legacy TLDs, new gTLDs, and ccTLDs*.

* NameStudio API provides second-level domain name suggestions in Verisign-operated TLDs and non-Verisign-operated TLDs. Availability checks are currently offered in Verisign-operated TLDs and several other TLDs. Availability checks are subject to change and do not reflect domain names that may be unavailable due to registry operator policies.

What languages does the Verisign NameStudio API Service support?

The Verisign NameStudio API Service provides suggestions in the following languages:

  • English

  • Dutch

  • French*

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Indonesian

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Spanish

  • Turkish

  • Vietnamese

* Verisign may provide NameStudio API’s French language support through the use of licensed data that Verisign downloads from the Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération (Afnic) at https://opendata.afnic.fr/en/products-and-services/services/opendata-en.html generally at monthly and incremental, daily intervals.

How do I get an API Key?

To receive an API Key, click on the “Get Started” button on www.namestudioapi.com. After successfully completing the sign-up process, you will receive access to the Developer Portal.
The Verisign Developer Portal allows you to manage your service configurations, access your API Key(s), view technical and support documentation, and check service notices. Customers are granted access to the Verisign Developer Portal after agreeing to the Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy for the Verisign NameStudio API Service.

Can I request more than one Verisign NameStudio API Key?

Yes, within the Developer Portal there is a feature that enables you to automatically generate up to 10 additional API Keys.

What support documentation can I find in the Verisign Developer Portal?

The Verisign Developer Portal contains API documentation, resources and tools to assist you with your implementation of the Verisign NameStudio API Service.

Is there a fee to use the Verisign NameStudio API Service?

No, there is no fee to use the Verisign NameStudio API Service.

How do I get support?

Our global support team is available 24/7. If you need assistance, email us at customerservice@verisign.com or call +1 703.925.6999.

Can I request a demo?

Please email our global support team at customerservice@verisign.com or call +1 703.925.6999. A member of our Product team will contact you to schedule the demo.



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