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How To Find Domain Registration Information

Gabriela Crothers  /  November 14, 2021  /  
How To Find Domain Registration Information

Have you ever wondered who the owner of a particular website domain is? It may be because you’re interested in getting a website domain, but you’ve found that it has been taken by someone else, or maybe because you enjoy their site and want to get to know them.

Whatever your reasons may be, there are three ways to identify who the owner of a particular domain is:

  1. Visit the website
  2. Check if the domain is registered in ICANN
  3. Contact the domain registrar

Let’s take a deep dive into each of these options.

1. Visit The Website

The first step to identifying a website is to visit its domain. Next, go to the landing page or contact page and look for the contact information of the owner. 

Keep in mind that there are instances where you won’t be able to see the details there. 

2. Check If The Domain Is Registered In ICANN

All domain registrations are regulated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

For every domain name, ICANN requires an administrator, a registrant, and a technical contact — this can be an individual or a corporation. Every ICANN registration comes with a name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

If you want to look up domain registrations, you can use directories like the ICANN Lookup and WhoIs.

3. Contact The Domain Registrar

If you’ve exhausted all options but still can’t find the solution, you can reach out to the domain registrar. Directories usually provide the details of where a domain is registered, so you can contact the domain registrar instead. 

Domains are valuable as they serve as the identity of your website. If the domain you want is taken by someone else, consider what the price has to be. 

Now, if you have one and plan on changing it into something different, check this article covering everything you need to know about a domain transfer.

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