Do you use the whois command for domains?

Last Update: February 22, 2020

Nearly every domain registrar has a whois search where you can input a domain and find out information about that domain. Typically you can find out quickly if someone owns it and where it is currently sitting. I use the whois tool to find out where the domain was registered and try to figure out where the domain is being hosted.

Of course, you can register a domain here at WA which provides great support for domains names.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/domains

A domain search on whois will also tell you if its available or not.

Many times I want more information than simply, is it available or not?

I like this command because it takes me straight to results. I don't have to go to a site, enter the domain and add some kind of captcha to get the information I want.

I Type in my browser url search

I can usually find out the info I am looking for quickly. Most of the time, I simply want to know if its available without actually going to a domain registrar and looking it up.

This tool depending on how many times you use it could stop being available to you after a number of lookups. They try to get you to buy a membership to get more information. I have been using this service for many years and never paid for a membership.

Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

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Kav Premium
Is is compulsory to list sites under whois?
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bothewebguy Premium
There is no process to list sites there. Many registrars have a whois lookup. I like the one that is connected to he domain tools, because it gives me information about that domain on the first page of results. I can get the info I want simply typing for example http://whois.sc/webguymarketing.com

I can see where it is registered, where it might be hosted and if there is a site developed on the domain. It may be that the domain was bought and nothing ever done with it. Maye the owner is ready to drop it at a low reasonable price. If I see its not registered, I could go get it using my registrar of choice.
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MarionBlack Premium
I use the Wordfence plugin for my site's security and it has whois lookup in its Tools section.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/
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bothewebguy Premium
That seems like a good plugin. I don't think that tool does the same thing as I described.

Thnks for dropping by
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TheCatherine Premium
For me, it's just quicker to look up the domain in a domain registry
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bothewebguy Premium
what domain registry do you suggest?
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TheCatherine Premium
I deal in domains so I use Uniregistry they have a domain manager which helps me to sell them
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bothewebguy Premium
If you are looking for a new domain, that works fine. If you quickly trying to figure out where its registered and hosted, then i think my way is pretty quick. I can't find a direct access to that information on uniregistry. Maybe if I had an account and was logged in there, it would be quicker.
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TheCatherine Premium
i only want to see if it was possible to purchase I don't care about anything else If it.s not available why would I need to know where it is hosted, It is available in Uniregistry though
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bothewebguy Premium
So this would not apply to you. I thought it could be helpful to some that might not know it was an option.
I can answer a lot of questions to myself and potential client with this information I can get in one click.
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