Jul 08, 2009
Wednesday tech tip: Who owns that domain?
08 Jul 2009
Posted by Andrew Kantor
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:
Commonwealth United Mortgage Corporation
921 Pleasant Valley Avenue
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054
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.