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Registered address in "whois"

 11:54 am on Jul 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think the registered address in "WHOIS" database is that of the webhosting provider. Website owner's address is not displayed.
I have heard of an option by which the website owner can hide his address by paying a fee



 12:12 pm on Jul 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Are these observations or questions? ;)


 1:06 pm on Jul 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's a question. I need information


 1:28 pm on Jul 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

I know Big D offers that service although its costs i think 5 bucks or so extra.

I do remember reading a thread here where someone mentioned that this was against ICAN regulations. Dont know what the outcome of that was though.


 1:49 pm on Jul 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

I need to know, usually, registered address in "whois" database is that of the webhosting service provider or is it website owner's address?
What is the result of "whois" search?


 2:38 pm on Jul 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

In the UK addresses can be hidden as an option without any fee.


 3:35 pm on Jul 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

There are actually several addresses in a WHOIS record. There is the registrant address, and there are several role addresses (technical contact, administrative contact, etc.)

I assume you are talking about the registrant address.

The registrant is the "owner" of the domain. Thus, it is you, not your hosting provider. Unless, of course, you want to - intentionally or unintentionally - give ownership of your domain to your hosting provider!

(Don't laugh - we get a sob story about same here about once a month.)

Depending on your registrar, there may be a privacy service that will allow you to hide either the registrant address, role addresses, or both. It is common to use your registrar or ISP for the role addresses in any case.

You can always use a Post Office Box. (Which I've recently started using. A PO box at a U.S. postoffice is one of the great bargains still around - like penny candy...) Note that the registrant's phone number is not published - a bit of an anomoly in the structure. That is, there are phone numbers for the role addresses, but not for the registrant.

There have been various discussions here about WHOIS privacy - pro and con. Do a search if you want to see a good debate. It's not quite as clear as it first seems.

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