What is WHOIS?

WHOIS is a public directory where you can look up "who is" responsible for a domain or IP address. Each domain must have a public record of the person or organization who owns the domain; including name, address, phone and email.

Read more about the purpose and history of WHOIS

Having this information publicly available has advantages:

  • It keeps domain owners more accountable.
  • Makes it easy to find contact information for a website, for example if you want to buy a domain.
  • Helps in the fight against spam, copyright infringement or other unlawful practices.

What information can I find in the WHOIS?

Besides who owns the domain, you can find other important information in the WHOIS. You can see, among other things, who the registrar is, when the domain will expire and what name servers are being used.


You can find a lot of important information about your domain in the WHOIS

Activate Domain Privacy to hide your identity in WHOIS

Unfortunately there are people who abuse this public information, for example spammers and identity thieves. That is why One.com offers its customers the option to buy Domain Privacy.

With Domain Privacy your personal information is replaced with proxy contact information from our partner. You will still be the owner of the domain.

Domain Privacy is an extra service that you can include when you order your domain with One.com. You can also buy it later from the control panel.


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