Who is behind that domain name?

Ardi Coetzee

Sometimes it's enough to know if a domain name is taken or not. But for all the other times, there is whois

What is whois?

WHOIS (pronounced "who is") is a protocol used for querying databases that store the registered users or assignees of domain names. By making use of a whois lookup service, you can find out who registered, owns or manages a specific domain name.  But don't take my word for it! Try it out right now by typing in a domain name below:

Whois Lookup / Domain Availability Checker

Get detailed WHOIS information on any domain name or simply check if a domain name has been registered.

That's nifty! But what if I don't want other people to see all my personal details?

You can't be too safe nowadays, right? Luckily there is an easy way to hide your personal details and it's called ID Protection! It costs a little more than when you normally just buy a domain name, but for that little extra you get a much better chance of staying anonymous. If you have a domain name hosted with Namhost, you can easily enable ID Protection directly from the "Domains" section. Or if you wish to register a new domain and enable ID protection for it, you can do some from here.

So anyone can make their domain name anonymous through ID Protection?

Not quite. Unfortunately not all domain names support this. For example, it is not currently possible to do this with South African and Namibian domain names. I.e. co.za and .na domain names. 

Why would other people want to look up my domain information?

If someone is looking to buy your domain name, they might want to find out who the owners are in order to make an offer. Or perhaps they are looking for a contact person from the firm for any number of reasons. More often than not nowadays, it could easily be a spammer or a scammer. A whois database can be a great source for gathering e-mail addresses and other information on individual people. This alone is a good reason to enable ID Protection.

Are there other tools?

Yes, we've added quite you to our official tools page. Including,

  • What is my ip?
  • IP to Location
  • Header Checker
  • Ping
  • SSL Checker
  • TLS 1.0 Checker
  • Whois
  • Exchange Rates
About the Author
Ardi Coetzee
Ardi Coetzee
PHP Developer @ Namhost.com