WHOIS, who was and where

WHOIS, who was and where

WHOIS
Quick link:  whois.ictaa.com.au

[headline margin=”margin-down” type=”h2″]What is WHOIS? [/headline]

WHOIS stands for “Who is?” and is a utility used to look up information on domain names. It is also the record system that identifies who owns a domain and how to get in contact with them. Every top-level-domain (e.g. .com, .net., .me, .name) handles records differently and they have their own WHOIS servers and record formats.

Most countries also have have an organisation that regulates domain name registration and ownership; such as auDA (auda.org.au) in Australia.

[headline margin=”margin-down” type=”h2″]Why is WHOIS needed? [/headline]

WHOIS records have proven to be extremely useful and are an essential resource for maintaining the integrity of the domain name registration and website ownership.

For example, if you were needing to change your domain name provider, a quick WHOIS lookup would tell you who your current provider is; as well as where you site is pointing to and when you name needs to renewed (expiry date).

You can see WHOIS at work in our video Who Owns Your Domain Name?, which steps you through what is a domain name, how it works, and most importantly who owns yours.

[headline margin=”margin-down” type=”h2″]A WHOIS record [/headline]

Below is a result for gabbyshairdressing.com

WHOIS 3.1

Domain Name.........: gabbyshairdressing.com
Registrar...........: CRAZY DOMAINS FZ-LLC
Creation Date.......: 2013-07-15 00:00:00
Expiration Date.....: 2014-07-15 00:00:00

Registrant Details..:
Registrant Name.....: BobCat Websites
First Name..........: BobCat
Last Name...........: Websites
Address Line 1......: 1 Queen Street
Address Line 2......: 
City................: Brisbane
State...............: QLD
Country.............: AU
Post Code...........: 4000
Email Address.......: bobcatwebsites@outlook.com

What we can see from this is that Gabby’s domain has actually been registered to her web-designer; BobCat Websites. This can create a tricky situation if Gabby wants to move her domain or if BobCat stops trading.

To help users access records around the world, ICTAA™ has established a WHOIS service that you can access at whois.ictaa.com.au

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