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What is a domain Whois?


Whois is a search service offered by various Internet registers. Whois is none other than the contraction of “who is”. As you can see, Whois is therefore a search service which aims to determine who is behind a specific IP address or domain name.


A Whois command lets you know who is the administrator of a site, who paid for the domain name, who is responsible for the technical maintenance of the site, etc. Whois commands query data from domain name registers.

What is the WHOIS database?

The Whois tells you that the domain name does not have an owner: register it with before it is not someone else’s. To do this, go to the page register the domain name of your activity.

Why should I consult the WHOIS database?

The Whois tells you that the domain name already has an owner: can help you to try to recover it. For more information, contact us on Our team can assist you in making contact and negotiating with the domain owner.

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For example:

  • OnlineNIC : the registry that manages .org, .net and .com domain names
  • PKNIC: the one who deals with Pakistani domain names such as .pk,.,
  • But also regional internet registers like the RIR, etc.


  • By typing Whois in a search engine, you come across many sites that offer the Whois search service.
  • For example, choose the site to do your research.
  • By entering the domain name in the search field, you get the following result:
  • Registry Domain ID: 2471618261_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
  • Registrar WHOIS Server:
  • Registrar URL:
  • Updated Date: 2020-02-06T07:44:16Z
  • Creation Date: 2019-12-25T07:46:45Z
  • Registry Expiry Date: 2020-12-25T07:46:45Z
  • Registrar: OnlineNIC, Inc.
  • Registrar IANA ID: 82
  • Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
  • Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.5107698492
  • Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited


In the field of web marketing, Whois makes it possible to associate a company or a brand with a domain name or other services which are made available to Internet users.

Explanation of WHOIS

WHOIS is a public directory where you can search for “who is” (in English “who is”) responsible for a domain or an IP address. Previously, you could use WHOIS to search for the owner of a domain, including name, address, phone number, and email.

However, since the GDPR went into effect in May 2018, most information about domain owners has been hidden. This is a tentative decision, pending ICANN finding the best solution to comply with the GDPR in relation to the WHOIS database. This means that ICANN can always decide to make this information (or part of it) public in the future.

ICANN has sole control over the WHOIS policy for generic top-level domains. There are still several national top-level domains that contain owner information, but usually only when the owner is a business or organization. The local registry for the national top-level domain decides what types of information are visible and when.

Learn more about the purpose and history of WHOIS

What information can I find in WHOIS?

Even though for most domains the details of the holder are hidden, you can still find useful information in the WHOIS. You can see when the domain is about to expire, what is the status of the transfer, who is the registrar for the domain, who to contact in case of abuse and which name servers are used. If you are looking for information on a domain, you can use our WHOIS search page.


In the future, RDAP (Registration Data Access Protocol) will replace the WHOIS protocol. RDAP is essentially an improved version of WHOIS, which puts more emphasis on security, structuring and internationalization.

Besides the many technical improvements, one of the most important functions of RDAP is that it supports differentiated access rights. This allows registrars to regulate who can see what, unlike WHOIS which is open to everyone. has implemented the RDAP protocol, which means that you can use it to query the domain, the name server, and the entities. The responses to the requests are in JSON format and only cover the .com and .net domains hosted by

If the registers have the obligation to know all website owners, it is however possible to hide their personal information in the Whois.

This can only be done by registrars (or registrars, such as They have the possibility of replacing the information relating to the owner of the site with their own.

Companies and organizations cannot benefit from this masking. If you search for example the domain name in the Whois, you will find contact information relating to the company.

Anonymous Whois

The anonymization of a Whois allows the owner of the website to no longer see his identity publicly associated with a domain name. While this protection may be beneficial in certain regions of the world, it generally ensures website owners the concealment of their email, postal address or telephone number. This prevents for example that this information is exploited by commercial companies or malicious people.

How to register my domain name anonymously and protect my personal information?

To hide your identity and register your private domain name, it depends on the registrar with whom you register the domain name. This option may or may not be offered, and is sometimes chargeable.

Good news, at Youdot, this option is free and is automatically offered by default. Why, because it saves you from forgetting to do it! And at Youdot, it is believed that you should be able to decide how your personal information is shared online without having to request it through a complex procedure. This is why it is automatically included anonymous registration for each domain registered with Youdot.

It is still possible to ask to trade, that is to say that your information is displayed (we do not really see the usefulness but it is you who see!). Changing your Whois settings is as simple as pressing a button.

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