GoDaddy WHOIS Domain Lookup
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What is GoDaddy WHOIS?
The GoDaddy WHOIS domain database is a system that contains listing information on all registered domain names. And though it may look like an acronym, it is not. Rather, the question that the WHOIS database aims to answer is “who is responsible for a domain name or an IP address?”
Whenever a domain name is registered, the owner, or registrant of that domain needs to provide some contact information per ICANN regulations. This contact information is then housed in a public directory database that is viewable to anyone who looks up the domain online.
GoDaddy WHOIS lookup is designed to help you explore the WHOIS database and learn about informative details on individual domain registration and availability. When using GoDaddy WHOIS search, you are able to view information relating to the domain such as:
- Who the current owner of the domain is
- Administrator and contact information
- When the domain was registered
- The expiration date of the domain
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What is the WHOIS database?
The WHOIS domain database is an online directory of all registered domain names. The directory includes information about each individual domain name that is registered and is sometimes used for legal reasons. Common uses of the WHOIS database are to check the availability of domain names, view registrant information, and in some cases, identify trademark infringement.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) oversees the WHOIS database. ICANN helps protect domain registrants by prohibiting the use of WHOIS listings for marketing and spam-related purposes.
For more information on the details that are publicly viewable for each domain on the WHOIS database, view: What shows in the WHOIS directory?
How accurate is WHOIS data?
WHOIS data is quite accurate as it is regularly updated. In some instances, domain registrants’ contact information may change and needs to be updated. Because of this, registrars are required to give registrants the opportunity to verify contact information for ICANN validation. This is generally done annually in the event domain owners need to update and edit their domain WHOIS data, if necessary. With that being said, it is very important that this information be confirmed or updated if need be because providing false information on a domain’s WHOIS data can lead to the suspension of a domain name according to ICANN regulations.
Another thing to note is that if internet users discover that WHOIS domain name lookup data is inaccurate or not complete in nature, they can file a complaint. If a complaint is filed, domain registrars are required to update and correct the outdated data within a designated time frame. With standard protocols such as these, ICANN is able to maintain a high level of accuracy for all WHOIS data.
How do I use the GoDaddy WHOIS Lookup tool?
- Who the domain is currently registered to
- When the domain was registered
- Contact information about the domain
- When the domain is scheduled to expire
Why is the WHOIS database needed?
The WHOIS database exists in order to find information on domain names quickly and in an easily digestible format for users. But, in addition, the WHOIS database helps in two other primary ways including:
- GoDaddy WHOIS lookup allows for people who are in the domain name business to contact the owner of a registered name about buying or selling the name.
- The WHOIS database also exists to help resolve legal disputes, such as in cases of trademark infringement.
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