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WHOIS contains information (known as “WHOIS data”) about domain name registrations and their owners. 

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) oversees the WHOIS service. It is not, however, a single, centrally operated database.  WHOIS Data is maintained by independent organizations and registrars who are ICANN accredited.

A “record” typically includes details like the name and contact information of the domain registrants, the registration organization, nameservers associated with the domain, the creation and expiration dates of the domain, and other information relevant to the domain registration.  It is accessible to the public, so anyone can perform a search to find out who owns a domain or website.

It’s important to note that some domain owners can pay a fee to keep their information private by opting for privacy protection services to hide their contact information. In such cases, the WHOIS database will show information about the privacy protection service instead of the actual domain owner.



Whois lookup is a tool to find information about domain names or IP addresses. Here’s how to use it:


Enter the domain name or IP address you want to look up in the search bar.


Click the “search” or “lookup” button.


The results will show details such as the registrar, owner, creation and expiration date, and contact information for the domain or IP.

Note: Not all Whois information is public, and some may be hidden for privacy reasons.

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You can perform a Whois lookup by going to a Whois lookup website such as Whois.net or Whois.com, entering the domain name or IP address you want to look up, and clicking the “search” or “lookup” button.

No, not all Whois information is public. Some information may be hidden for privacy reasons.

The requirement of registering specific information by website owners before purchasing a website serves multiple purposes. The main reason is to enable contact with the owner in case of emergencies such as severe security breaches. Additionally, it helps prevent websites from engaging in illegal activities and upholds the trustworthiness of the internet by making owners responsible for their websites.

WHOIS generally offers accurate website ownership information, but some registrants may not provide correct details. WHOIS information cannot be guaranteed, but it is usually accurate for legitimate websites.

Go to:

  • My Products
  • Manage All to get to the “My Domains” page.
  • Check any/all boxes to the far left of the domains. 
  • After checking boxes, the toolbar options will become available.
  • Then, click on Ownership and choose “Update Contacts”

This will update the contacts for the domains you checked.

You can see what shows in the WebsiteBasics+ WHOIS Directory, by visiting Here 

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Frequently Asked Questions - Website Starter

The data contained in WebsiteBasics+‘s WHOIS database, while believed by the company to be reliable, is provided “as is” with no guarantee or warranties regarding its accuracy. This information is provided for the sole purpose of assisting you in obtaining information about domain name registration records. Any use of this data for any other purpose is expressly forbidden without the prior written permission of WebsiteBasics+. By submitting an inquiry, you agree to these terms of usage and limitations of warranty. In particular, you agree not to use this data to allow, enable, or otherwise make possible, dissemination or collection of this data, in part or in its entirety, for any purpose, such as the transmission of unsolicited advertising and solicitations of any kind, including spam. You further agree not to use this data to enable high volume, automated or robotic electronic processes designed to collect or compile this data for any purpose, including mining this data for your own personal or commercial purposes.

Please note: the registrant of the domain name is specified in the “registrant” field. In most cases, WebsiteBasics+ is not the registrant of domain names listed in this database.

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