Domain Names - Who Is whois



How Do I Search For Domains? Who Is whois & How Can It Help?

All Domains are listed in directories. Think of it as a filing cabinet or a DNS Server, it doesn't really matter. What is important is getting at that information and this is where whois can help.

The whois function can be accessed as a command line or online at many different websites including all of the domain registration sites. Some prefer the command line because it's faster, does not involve interested third parties and can be saved to a text file for later.

There is a concern that some online websites offering the whois service will aggregate and log search results which would show them the most popular unregistered domain names. There is an entire industry based on buying domain names that have popular appeal and reselling them literally to the highest bidder. 

If this is a issue for you the command line option might be the easiest answer. Windows users require an extra step, but it's a really small one and we show you exactly what to do. We'll also show you how to send the output to a file so if your brainstorming and trying many search variations you can have a record of what you've done

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