Is it possible to determine the hosting of a domain provider using Whois?

Started by Svetlana, Aug 07, 2022, 11:41 AM

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Can we use Whois services to identify the hosting provider of a domain? Can we find out from which hosting company a particular domain was purchased?
Finally, is there a way for site owners to conceal their personal information and their domain's hosting location?

Edison Duncan

If you register a domain for personal use, you will only receive superficial information from Whois. Commercial domains, on the other hand, require more detailed information when registered. Whois can provide various details about a domain, including information on where it was registered, the presence of language packs and mirrors, IP address, and the duration and expiration date of the paid lease period. If the domain is used for commercial purposes, the owner must also list their contact information, such as an email address.

It's important to note that while some may balk at the amount of information required when registering a commercial domain, it serves an important purpose in promoting transparency and accountability online. By providing accurate and up-to-date contact information, businesses can build trust with their customers and ensure that they are accessible should any issues arise. Additionally, this information can be vital in resolving disputes over copyright infringement or other legal issues that may arise.


Yes, Whois services can be used to identify the hosting provider of a domain. By performing a Whois lookup on a domain, you can often obtain information about the hosting company associated with that domain.

However, determining the specific hosting company from which a domain was purchased might not always be straightforward. Whois records typically provide information about the domain registrar, but not necessarily the hosting provider. Sometimes, the registrar and hosting provider are the same, but in other cases, the domain owner may have chosen to use a different hosting service.

As for concealing personal information and hosting location, domain owners do have the option to use privacy protection services offered by some registrars. These services replace the personal details of the domain owner with generic contact information, shielding their identity. However, it is important to note that hiding the hosting location entirely is generally not possible since the domain still needs to be hosted on a physical server somewhere.

Determining the hosting provider of a domain solely from a Whois lookup can be challenging, as this information is not always explicitly provided in the Whois records. However, in some cases, you may be able to infer the hosting provider based on the nameservers listed in the Whois record.

Nameservers are a fundamental part of the DNS (Domain Name System) and are responsible for resolving domain names to their corresponding IP addresses. When a domain is hosted with a particular provider, it typically uses that provider's nameservers.

By examining the nameservers listed in the Whois record, you may be able to identify the hosting provider associated with the domain, especially if the nameservers are custom-branded or specific to a particular hosting company.