Find information on domain names, registrars and name servers
Whois is used to look up records in the Registry database. Whois can provide information about:
A domain search will display the registrar, the registrar’s Whois server, the registrar’s URL (Web address), associated name servers, current status of the domain, last updated date, creation date and expiration date.
Search Tip Specify only part of the search string to perform a "partial" search on domain. Every domain STARTING with the string will be found. A trailing dot (or dots) after your text or the partial keyword indicates a partial search. For example, entering “mack.” will find “Mack,” “Mackall,” “Mackay” and so on.
A registrar record search will display the registrar’s address, phone number, Whois server, URL (Web address) and specific contact (administrative, technical and invoicing) information, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
A name server search allows you to query a host by name server name or IP address. This type of search will display the IP address, the registrar of record, the registrar’s Whois server and the registrar’s URL (Web address).
When a domain name reaches its expiration date and is not renewed by the registrar, the Registry system performs an auto-renew on the domain name. The auto-renew extends the expiration date for one year whether the registrar has received payment from the registrant or not. For example:
Example.com is due to expire on 27 March 2013. The following events will occur:
A good way to verify if your name has recently been auto-renewed is to do the following:
The Registry Whois system pulls the expiry date data from our Registry Database. As discussed above, since the Auto-Renewal process is conducted daily in the Registry database, the Whois will publish the auto-renewed dates. To publish anything different would be to contradict what is on file in the authoritative database. If the registrant does not renew the registration with his/her registrar, the registrar may delete the registration in the registry database.
For general questions, comments, suggestions or bug reports send an e-mail to email@example.com.