How long after registering a domain name will it appear on a whois search? I just recently purchased a domain registration and it is still listed as available on a domain search. What would happen if someone else tries to register it before it hits the database?
Did you spell your domain name correctly when checking who's who? For domain registration -- depending upon who you register with -- as soon as you complete the registration process it should automatically show up on who's who. For instance, directi.com will send you a confirmation email with a who's who link to verify that your domain name has being registered.
*generally* it'll show in their whois almost immeditaly and on 3rd party systems after upto 6 hours.
if it's not showing up and you're *worried* that it's not registered ...
1. *DONT* tell anyone or advertise it until you're sure it's yours
2. contact your registration agent's support department
3. try registering it again somehwer else