What is WHOIS
A WHOIS reveals crucial information about a domain. By performing a search you can find out details like domain availability, domain expiry, who owns domain, contact information of the owner, address, phone number, email address and more.
How it works
Whenever someone registers a domain, they submit their personal information to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). You can think of it like registering your house with the government.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a WHOIS Database?
The WHOIS database contains the listing of all registered domains on the internet. You can do a WHOIS lookup to access various details related to a domain like registration date, expiry date, domain ID, name of registrar, contact information, server name and more. The WHOIS database is available to the public and anyone can access the details of a registered domain. The database is maintained by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and updated regularly. If you create a website, you will also have to register yourself with ICANN.
What is WHOIS Privacy?
When you register a domain name, you have to provide personal information such as name, address, phone number and email. The information is stored in the WHOIS database and anyone can find it using a WHOIS domain lookup. WHOIS Privacy is a privacy service offered by WehostAfrica to secure the privacy of the domain owners. When you go for WHOIS Privacy, your personal details are masked or replaced with the details of a proxy server to maintain privacy.
How to Use WHOIS Lookup?
Performing a WHOIS search is easy and quick. Just enter the name of the domain or IP address in the search box and hit "Look Up." Our tool will search the WHOIS database and provide all information including domain name registration records within seconds. Be sure not to use the information for marketing or spam as it's prohibited by the ICANN.
How to Update WHOIS Information?
You should always keep your WHOIS information updated to comply with ICANN rules. That means providing accurate contact information through which you can receive correspondence from your provider. You can update your WHOIS information easily by using the WehostAfrica control panel. It just takes a few steps and you can update your information all at once if you want. You will need to log into your WehostAfrica account and then access the control panel to update WHOIS information.
Why are Some Entries Hidden?
Remember the WHOIS Privacy feature we talked about? That is the reason why some entries in WHOIS search is hidden from your view. The registrars of the domains have applied for WHOIS Privacy, so the domain provider has hidden their contact information. Some information can also be hidden by domain providers following the local data protection and privacy laws such as GDPR.
How can I Hide WHOIS Information?
You can use WHOIS Privacy to hide your personal information in the WHOIS database. If someone searches for your domain, then they will not be able to see your contact information. To hide your WHOIS information, you need to login to WehostAfrica and then navigate to Members Area. Now click on Domain located at the top of the screen and choose one of the Order buttons. Now you will be redirected to the payment page where you can choose your payment method for availing WHOIS Privacy. Do remember that some WHOIS listings take time to update the changes. So someone may see your details before it becomes hidden.