As per ICANN regulations, when a domain is registered, registrants must provide registrars with up-to-date contact information. This information is displayed publicly in the Whois database, which acts like a giant address book that anyone can view.
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The Whois database makes it easy to find a website owner. This may be useful if you need to contact the domain name holder, or if you’re a legal team wanting to clarify ownership for a trademark dispute.
Domain buyers and sellers can also benefit by using Whois to view site ownership details fast, which helps the domain purchasing process go smoothly.
If you’re interested in acquiring a domain and want to find out if it’s already been registered, you can use our Whois search tool to check its availability.
Do you want to know more about a domain and find out who owns it? Use our domain owner lookup tool by entering the URL into the search bar above.
Here you will find the answers to important questions like:
Discover further information on any domain, and find new opportunities for your personal or professional website.
If you’ve registered a domain and don’t want your personal contact information listed publicly, why not consider domain privacy protection?
Then, when someone searches for your web address on the Whois database, alternative contact information will be displayed instead of your personal information.
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Our domain privacy service provider does not require your personal information at any stage and any details you share with Namecheap will stay with us.
Plus, if you have privacy protection in place, it also limits the chance of marketing firms and online fraudsters from handling your contact information.
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To find out where a domain is registered and who owns a domain, you can use a Whois lookup tool like ours. It combs the Whois database to return the information you need.
Each time a domain is registered, the registrant must give registrars (like us) up-to-date contact information. This information is listed in a giant public address book known as the Whois database.
This database helps users find information about any domain name. It also means that a designated contact is established for the domain should any questions arise, such as a legal contact to discuss copyright infringement or technical contact to find out DNS configuration.
If you want to see who owns a website, but the domain owner uses a privacy protection service, a generic address may still be available, and you can try contacting the owner this way. Alternatively, we recommend looking for an About Us or Contact Us page on the website, which can help point you to the owner.
Yes, you can change the data associated with your domain name with your registrar. They will have the tools and processes to implement the changes you wish to make.
Thin and thick data models are used to store Whois information. A thin Whois lookup provides the registrar, name servers, and registration dates. For additional information, it's necessary to perform a further lookup, this time at the registrar on file, to get hold of complete information on the domain name ownership.
A thick Whois lookup provides additional information beyond what's available from a thin Whois record. The extra details may contain contact information (registrant, administrative, and technical). A thick lookup supplies all the necessary information on who registered the domain name, where and when it was registered, the expiry date, and the nameservers it uses.
Extremely accurate! ICANN is committed to providing unrestricted, public access to complete and accurate Whois information, subject to applicable laws. To do that, registrars and registries are required to allow access to data collected for all their registered domain names. It is essential to understand that there is no way to hide the existence of a registered domain. Since ICANN-required contact information is publicly available in Whois directories, anyone can quickly search the Whois database to confirm the status of a domain.
You can’t duck out of Whois by providing inaccurate information. Failing to supply accurate and reliable information can result in the loss of your right to use the domain name. The information stored in a Whois record is collected at the stage when a domain name is initially registered. Chances are, the information will change over time and become of date. Updating this information is key since domain name registrants must adhere to the rules of their registrar, or they risk losing their domain name.