About this tool

You can access all websites the same way - by typing in a URL. But sometimes, you need to know who the hosting provider is! This tool will give you detailed information about which hosting service is running a particular domain, including:

  • Details about the web hosting company hosting it;
  • The host name;
  • The location;
  • The IP address;
  • The nameservers;
  • Contact details of the owner.

In addition, you'll also obtain information about which websites share your IP address, and which site are part of the same IP neighborhood.

But why would you need to know the hosting provider? Here are a few reasons:

1.  Web Designers and Developers Needing a Client's Information

It may sound strange, but there are times when a client doesn't know who their hosting provider is. They might have set up the site a long time ago, set up the auto payment and forgotten about it. So when they ask you to access their hosting panel, or change providers, you need to know where their site is hosted.

2. Identifying Site Scrapers and People Copying your Content

As part of its crackdown on spam, Google and other search engines are very active in barring sites that steal content from others. However, what do you do when you stumble across a page that's blatantly ripping you off? It's important to act fast because you don't want to be misidentified as the site doing the copying instead!

You have the following options:

  1. Sending a cease and desist notice to the site in question;
  2. Filing a complaint with Google for copyright infringement;
  3. Report the problem to the web provider and ask them to take action;

For the third option, you need to know the name of the hosting provider. For example, GoDaddy has a DMCA takedown form for copyright and trademark violations that allows you to submit complaints directly to them. All major web hosting providers have this facility, and the tool on this page will help you identify the entity with whom you need to file a complaint.

3. Combatting Piracy

Closely linked to copyright infringement, is piracy. Let's say you have a video that you submitted to Youtube and that you're monetizing with advertisements. You find someone who steals that video and distributes it online either as a file, or directly in their web page. It's bad enough that they might be taking away your views, but to add insult to injury, they might be deriving advertising revenue from it as well!

This is where you need to know the name of the provider who's hosting the site. A DMCA takedown notice will be the first step to getting pirated content removed from the Internet, as well as other measures like complaining to the search engines.

4. For Competitor Analysis

Sometimes you might come across a site that runs much better than your own. Perhaps it consistently loads fast, despite having a lot of Javascript/CSS, and it never seems to go down. If you're having problems with your existing hosting provider, you might consider switching to the one that hosts a particular site.

This tool will allow you to identify the organization behind the website. By migrating your site to a proven hosting provider that can deliver the goods, you're ensuring that you will receive the same stability and speed that your competitor (or similar website) enjoys.

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