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How does the WHOIS lookup tool work?
It’s easy to find your perfect domain with the WHOIS domain lookup tool. Start by entering the domain name of your choice into the search field above to look up the WHOIS database for domains and internet number resources (including the IP address). If the exact domain name that you searched for is taken, you can view the WHOIS record for that domain by following the prompt to see who it is currently registered to. The WHOIS domain record will include domain owner lookup, creation date and expiration details. If it turns out your desired domain is taken, the tool will also recommend other great options to consider.
What is a WHOIS database?
The WHOIS domain database is a master list of all registered domains on the internet. For legal reasons, the WHOIS records are updated frequently and well maintained, so it’s the best source of information on who owns a domain and how the domain owner can be reached. WHOIS verification can be used to identify infringement on registered trademarks, combat spam or fraud and in some cases negotiate for a domain purchase from one party to another. WHOIS records are managed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and annual updates are requested by the domain registrar that the owner purchased the domain from.
How do I make a WHOIS domain search?
If you want to look up the WHOIS domain records, you’re in the right place. Simply search the domain name using the tool above, and we will perform a WHOIS lookup. If the domain name is available, that means no one currently owns it and it’s ready to purchase and register. If it is currently registered, you will see the prompt for “view WHOIS record for this domain,” which will allow you to see the full WHOIS domain details.
Is the WHOIS domain lookup tool free?
Yes, the WHOIS IP lookup tool is a free tool created by Shopify. The WHOIS domain lookup tool is here to provide all the information you need to select the best domain for your business, so if it turns out your desired domain isn’t available, it suggests great alternatives to consider. You can also use the search field above to find out relevant WHOIS info on the domain of your choice. You’ll know when it expires, so you can be ready to register it if it does. You can use the free WHOIS domain lookup tool to run as many searches as you like.
What information does a WHOIS search provide?
The WHOIS lookup results will provide the domain name registration records, which contain key information like when the domain was registered, who it is registered to (and their associated IP addresses), and when it expires, from the WHOIS database.
Can I find out who owns a domain with Shopify's domain lookup tool?
Yes, you can find the registered owner for any domain in the WHOIS results from the tool. Start by searching for a domain name, and if it’s registered to another party in the WHOIS database, you’ll be able to select the prompt for “view WHOIS record for this domain” which will provide the current records.
Is a WHOIS lookup the same thing as a domain registration lookup?
Yes, the WHOIS lookup and domain registration lookup are just different names for the same function. The WHOIS is the technical name for the domain registration database, and it stands for “Who is responsible for this domain name,” for short, rather than it being an acronym.
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It's important to choose a domain name or URL, that's easy to remember and spell so customers can find you easily. You can customize your domain name to your store name, and it can end in .com, .org, .gov, and even more creative things like .co or .io.
Search the availability of a domain name that reflects your business with Shopify’s free WHOIS lookup. This search tool is designed to help you find WHOIS information about a domain name, who might own it, and when it expires.
If the domain name you searched for is unavailable, use the WHOIS search to find out when it expires before you move into other ideas. If you have an existing website, the WHOIS tool can help you check domain information when transferring ownership to a new website.
The tool lets you search an unlimited amount of domain names for your business, from the public WHOIS database. If your business name has already been registered by someone else, you can explore available domains based on your search.
Shopify’s WHOIS search tool will provide you a list of recommended domains, but finding the right one that works for your brand is up to you. Knowing what makes the best domain isn’t always easy, but when you register a website name, here are some factors to keep in mind:
Availability: Make sure your brand name isn’t already taken by someone else to avoid legal risks. If another brand has reserved your website name (or something similar), it can be confusing for customers and misrepresent your online reputation and search availability.
Clarity: Choose a domain that is simple, clear, and makes your business memorable for customers returning to your website. If customers don’t understand your website or brand initially, they will be less likely to remember it in the future. A good domain name shouldn’t need to be explained.
Searchability: It’s important to choose a domain name that doesn’t look to close to any major competitors or brands online. This way, your audience will have no trouble finding your business or the keywords associated with it. Your domain name should be as memorable as your brand name and easy to associate with your business. Once you’ve found the right domain, make sure to reserve it as soon as possible.
If you don’t already have a business name, try Shopify’s Business Name Generator to explore original and available domain names, auto-generated in seconds. When you register a domain name with Shopify, you’ll receive a 3-day free trial to start your online store.