Wednesday tech tip: Who owns that domain?

Want to buy yourname.com, but see that it’s already spoken for? Often it’s obvious who owns it, but sometimes the name is "Parked courtesy of SomeWebHost."

If you want to know the owner, here’s a quick way of finding out:
Just go to who.is/[domainname].

For example, who.is/varbuzz.com. You’ll get a bunch of info, including the registrar (e.g., GoDaddy), when it was registered and expires, and — if you scroll down a bit — you’ll see something like this, which came from commonwealthonline.com:

Registrant:
   Commonwealth United Mortgage Corporation
   921 Pleasant Valley Avenue
   Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054
   United States

And that’s who owns it. Sometimes the name is hidden, in which case you’re SOL (and I don’t mean Standards of Learning). But often it’s visible, so you know whose likeness to get that voodoo doll made with.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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One Response to Wednesday tech tip: Who owns that domain?

  1. Go daddy charges to research this…. Your saying it can be done for free?

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