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How to perform a Whois lookup on a domain name

If you looking to understand what a Whois, or perhaps wondering what is a Whois lookup, here I a little information from our blog.

Whois is a way to look at the domain name information. It shows you interesting facts about where the domain name is hosted, when the renewal date is due & more importantly who the domain name is registered to.

There are many different Whois tools on the internet and because we like to stay impartial and just add value to the internet we have listed a few. If you find better Whois tool please add it into the comments on our website.

In the office we use these at the moment

When you enter a domain name to search it will bring back the following information. Registrant. The Registrant is who owns the domain name. Now a quick note here if your perform a Whois on your own domain name and your domain name is owned to someone else, this could be a freelance web designer or perhaps a web design company that has gone out of business. You need to get it changed. We can help you with this however you need to go through the relevant company, for example http://www.nominet.org.uk/

Other information will include, The address where the domain name is registered, registrar, this is the company who registered the domain name for you. Relevant dates including when it was registered and when you need to pay for your domain name and hosting & registration status.

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  1. Hi!
    I would like to share the major advantages of Whois search service here:
    Whois search is the ideal location for getting help if you are looking for information regarding a website, finding out whether a domain is being sold or it is being bought, or for checking a website’s data for purchasing backlinks or for posting ads. This service will assist in giving you information regarding an IP or a domain. It helps webmasters and generic users to find an IP for a website or get an IP of a webhost. Whois service is also used to find the people who click on particular banners or other advertisements. People who have been victims of hacker attacks would need details of the IP owner, which is provided by Whois search. And, I am used to visit here Whoisxy.com for checking the status of my desired domain name.

  2. Thanks Aafreen.

    Is the Whois website your own website? I searched the Whois for a few domains to test, including the whoisxy domain. Once or twice it came back with a captcha. Is this standard for your customers? to see? Have you looked at your analytics to see if its having a negative impact on your traffic? have a look at our post on captchas effect conversions. I wonder if its annoying your or the customers using this service.

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