Payments are missed. Domains aren’t renewed. Your name was claimed. WHOIS Lookup – your new saving grace. This tool allows you to find the details of the person who registered the domain meaning you can claim back your authority or register that perfect domain you’re set on. While researching, keep an eye out on the status of your desired domain, is it for sale? or is it already attached to an active website? The end result comes down to how much you’re willing to invest to become the owner of that domain.
Watch this video to learn more about why you would need to do a WHOIS Lookup
Before diving into your first WHOIS Lookup, advance your knowledge around these frequently asked questions by beginners such as yourself:
1. WHOIS Lookup – Owner of domain
The user who registers and pays for the domain. This information will be made available to you depending on the intention of the owner. Upon visiting the website URL, a landing page might surface indicating it is for sale alternatively, contact the registrar using the information listed on your WHOIS lookup.
2. WHOIS – DNS
The Domain Name System is the Yellow Pages of the internet with a twist. You’re not identified by your phone number, instead each device can be found using your unique IP (Internet protocol) address. DNS servers convert your IP address to a name so you that other people can find you.
3. How do I find WHOIS information?
Find the domain registration details by entering the domain name into the search bar of a WHOIS lookup tool. View the domain registration and expiry date, the availability and identify who the domain is registered with.
4. What is WHOIS database
All domains that have been registered are stored in the WHOIS database – this data can be used to identify ownership, benchmark the sites credibility and track down registrants who participate in fraudulent activities.
5. WHOIS – GDPR privacy
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was introduced on May 25, 2018 and now limits the information on a WHOIS lookup search. You have the option to enable or disable domain privacy at a cost. Weigh out the advantages and disadvantages of having your email and contact number displayed, it is not necessary to hide this information – you will be saving money too.
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