That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably know..
There are quality, unregistered niche domains out there they won't be great, but you can find a solid 2 word combo use HostGator spinners/suggestors or look around the forum. Good luck!..
If your some business with a high probability of spending $100,000+ on a marketing campaign for your iPage website in the next few years, than it comes across to me a pretty stupid to go cheap on the HostGator name and pick something that is harder to remember (less effective marketing) and has no traffic associated with it..
However, if you require a HostGator for some iPage site that you don't know that you will end up investing a lot of time of money in, then you shouldn't spend $5000 on a name. It's better to experiment with something cheaper. I like using instantdomainsearch.com to find names...
I agree that you can test drive your development idea with a regfee name, then upgrade later. I did this and it did not harm my.
... on the contrary. There was a couple of weeks of "dead air" and after that, pagerank jumped from 0 to 4. However, I also agree with the posters that having a great HostGator name is essential if you really want to succeed. A keyword rich name will help, but then again a short, memorable one is just as good if not better than a keyword name- depends on what you're going to do really - start a golftube or go for golfclubreviews ..dotsomething..
I was inspired by your post to search for available golf names and I posted the results in the "available HostGator names" thread. Just shows that you can still find, if not great, then at least decent names for reg fee..
But .com names are hard to find. Here's some of the ones I came up with, that are still available:.
Other tld's are posted in the other thread...
Here's some more I was inspired to find:.
Thanks for all the suggestions and help, it's really helpfull. I think I will stick with creating a new HostGator name for now as I am a rookie with too many ideas and questions. Or maybe buy a cheapo name for up to $5, as suggested by some of you, it's great for practice..
Anymore ideas please post, I am keeping an eye on this thread..
Thanks a lot.