DomaiNation

How to Query a Domain Name

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organization that authorizes registrars to issue or assign domain names to public.


The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organization that authorizes registrars to issue or assign domain names to public.

 

A registrant is the person or entity who is considered to be the domain name owner authorized to make or request for changes to be made in vital information related to domain name. It is, therefore, critically important to know the “owner” registrant of a domain name and also the person or entity having administrative, billing and technical rights related to domain. This simply means, you the domain purchaser is the registrant. So, next time you ask your web developer or Registrar to purchase a domain name on your behalf, ensure that the administrative, billing and technical rights related to the domain has your name written all over it. Lets move on….

Why is Determining a Domain Name Registrant Important?

Determining a domain name registrant is important for many reasons:

 

  1. The lookup can verify that the registrant details of your personal domains are properly entered. If they are not, you may miss renewal notices, purchase offers, partnership requests and the like.

2. If you are interested in making an offer on an already registered domain name, you can easily lookup contact information, such as the owner’s name, mailing address, email address and telephone number.

3. If you are tying to protect your personal information, a lookup can tell you if the privacy controls you’ve put in place are actually in effect.

 

“So, next time you ask your web developer or Registrar to purchase a domain name on your behalf, ensure that the administrative, billing and technical rights related to the domain has your name written all over it. “

 

What is the Process to Lookup Domain Name Details?

The domain name registration process has been engineered in a very transparent way. Everybody has an open access to obtain information about domain name registrant and the ownership of a domain by just clicking on certain informative links. It also helps in keeping a track of domain name expiry dates and the start date of registration.

 

The WHOIS Lookup

“WHOIS” is the utility that is used to check or find out the information about a domain name. This gives not only the information of the registrant but also the administrative contact, billing contact, technical contact, domain expiration date and original registration date.

To find the domain name owner information, there are a few very simple and easy steps to follow by using the internet:

To check the domain name registrant information for any domain,  simply visit the website such as www.whois.net or web services  providers website like WebIndices

Type in the exact web address or complete domain name of the website you are seeking information for.
With a click or two (you might have to prove you’re not a robot), you’ll have the full registrant details.

Verify the Details

You can verify the details given about the domain name. If you find any information incomplete or incorrect, you may initiate a request to the domain registrar to make changes. Sometimes, if the information is not completely available, as many registrars or individuals do not want to share their information completely, you may specifically visit the registrar’s website and find information.

 

A WHOIS Example

Now, here is a practical illustration of how to determine who owns a domain name. We will take the example of www.webindices.com.ng as an example website and let us explore as who owns this domain.

Step 1: Begin the WHOIS lookup

Visit a WHOIS lookup service. You can use www.whois.net or, in this case, best to use a dot NG specific whois platform. Courtesy of Netorb Nigeria, owners of the dot ng domain can use http://whois.lookup.ng/ .

“Enter Domain Name for WHOIS Lookup”: Enter the desired domain name to lookup. Once done, hit the “Check WHOIS info” button

 

“Domain Information is Displayed in Full”: A search is conducted on the NIRA registry and the domain if registered would display full information of the registrant.

 

 

Now you know how to look up a domain name. There are many tools and web platforms available online which can assist you look up the owner of a domain and its absolutely FREE. Always ensure to google for such resources and the search engine would display the most used at the top of the search stack.


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