Domain Name Ownership: WHOIS Lookup

Domain name ownership is easily accessible information. The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organization that allows users to register or assign domain names publicly. A registrant is considered to be the person who holds ownership of a domain name and is the party able to make changes related to the domain name they own. If you are looking to buy a domain name from an owner or wish to contact them for any reason, it is important to look up the registrant to get the contact information available to the public. You can also find out when the name was purchased and when the renewal for the name needs to happen. This is helpful when determining if it would be best to come up with another domain name idea or if your desired domain name may be available soon. This information is available via the “Whois” Lookup.

To find the domain ownership:

  1. Visit the website for Whois.
  2. Type in the exact website address or complete domain name of the website you wish to seek information on.
  3. Prove you are not a robot with CAPTCHA entry, if necessary.
  4. Review the contact information of the domain owner.

Once you have this information, you should be easily able to get in contact with the owner of the domain name. If you already own a specific domain name, keep in mind that it is just as easy for others to find your information. If you are looking to minimize the personal information shared, there are excellent tools that will help camouflage your information through domain name privacy options. Many domain registrars offer domain privacy to mask actual information of the domain owner and replaces the information with forwarding services for requests and contact requests. This service helps to minimize spam, but the registration information is still out there and accessible to those willing to dig a bit deeper.

 

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