Website development and hosting was a very big task almost seven or eight years before. And also the web design, development and hosting companies would then charge a lot of money to create and host a website. Also there were web storage space constraints and no broadband facility.
Getting a suitable domain name was bit easier when compared to now as there were a very less number of websites in the internet say a few hundreds only. But now the scenario has totally changed and so web owners are looking to know how to check if the domain name you want is available or not.
A huge competition has come in the internet in developing and hosting websites and hence the cost of having a website has come down but getting a domain name of our choice has become very difficult because most of the domain name that were very attractive has been taken up. Hence it is better for us to check domain name availability even before we develop a website.