How do I do a WHOIS search?

A WHOIS search reveals details about a domain name, including who owns it, where it was registered, when it expires and which name servers are assigned to the domain. There are many software tools for performing a WHOIS search, and you can also search online. One good web site to try is To perform a WHOIS search on

  1. Go to in your internet browser.
  2. Type the domain name you want to look up in the "Name Spinner" search box and press enter.
  3. Review the WHOIS information provided. The registrar and name servers are usually listed towards the bottom of the page.

Note: If does not provide details about a domain name, it may be because the domain name is for sale and not currently registered. To learn how to purchase the domain, please see the article How do I purchase a domain name through the control panel?

To learn how to update your domain registration records, please see the article How do I set up my domain name to work with my web hosting account?

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