What is Whois Lookup?
Whois lookup system is considered as a service, which provides needed information regarding any enlisted domain. Information such as domain owner’s contact details along with the availability of the domain status and details about the registrar is provided by this system. This following system also provides the date of the domain’s registration and termination. Following this, it also helps the users to know the server name as well. As per the guidelines provided by the ICANN, registrants should update their contact details from time to time in order to avoid any kind of scam and information leakage.
In CriticHost, you can easily use the whois lookup service for getting information regarding any registered domain. However, it is up to the registry, who decides how much information should be accessed by the lookup system.
Though, the majority of the gTLDs/ new gTLDs will provide valuable information such as the domain registrant name, registration date, the date of expiry of the domain and from where the domain has been hosted. In order to acquire information for most of the ccTLDs, the registry website is generally considered.
TLD along with ccTLD and domain registrars are the one, who decides how much information needs to be shared in the system.
How to Up to Date the Whois Information?
After purchasing a domain, all of your domain information is managed by the registrar. Registrar also decides the amount of information that needs to be visible in the Whois database.
Through your account, you can now easily modify your domain information. It may take 24 hours to update the Whois information.
The Whois Privacy Protection:
Thanks to the domain registries, users are now can hide the information they want in the Whois database. This thing happens through swapping the data of the registrants with one of the hosting organization. This is known as Whois privacy protection. For instance, “firstname.lastname@example.org” is the protected view of a user’s mail id. The domain protection helps the users to hide their personal ID. In case anyone sends mail to the protected id that will be received by the users directly. Though, junk or spam emails will be filtered.
Whois Thin along with Thick Models:
The thin Whois lookup is known for providing registrar details along with the server name and dates of registration. Performing further lookup is mandatory while looking for more information.
On the other hand, the Thick model Whois lookup can help you in getting more information as compared to the thin model Whois lookup. Through this, you can get the contact registrant’s contact details.
Crucial information such as the name of a domain user, from where the domain has been hosted, date of registration and expiry date of the domain are provided by the thick whois lookup. In order to ensure better performance, only one Whois server supposed to be used with this following model.
TLDs Handle Whois Another Way:
Sources revealed that there are TLD registries without Whois servers. Being new in the market or being small can be the reason behind this. However, they are known for providing several ways of database query like considering the registry’s site. You can also follow the link, which is provided in the returned database. Due to some circumstances, only limited data can be provided to the Whois servers. However, to get the full data, one should have access to registry sites.
It is noticeable that each of the best domains has different ways of handling Whois. Each Domain has its own Whois servers along with formats that are different from the other domains. Top level domains such as .com or .net are known for following the thin model of Whois. Within this, registrars manage all the registrant’s information. On the other hand, the thick model of Whois servers is considered by the large TLD registries. However, ccTLDs has own set of rules that varies from country to country.
The stored information among the several domain registries is different. For example, domain name registry VeriSign is known for managing the .net or .com. As compared to the Whois systems, gTLDs operates in a different way. The middle Whois server is responsible for informing you some valuable information such as the domain’s registration date, domain’s expiry date, and domain’s registrar. However, information about the owner won’t be disclosed. Whois server can help you in getting the complete information about the registrar from where the domain has been registered. Sources revealed that over a hundred million domain names are enlisted with .com. Verisign’s data has become easy to preserve and provide due to the making of this dual process.