How to Find Owners of Domain Names

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How to Find Owners of Domain Names
Domain names can be purchased from their owners. (Lawrence Lawry/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The domain name of a website is everything that comes after the "www" in the URL that you typed into the address bar of your browser, up to and including the extension following the "dot." Determining who owns a domain name comes into play when you are trying to purchase an existing name that someone is using or when you need to contact the owner directly. Determining the owner of a domain name is simple.

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    Launch your Web browser by either clicking the desktop icon or navigating to the program through your "Start" menu on a PC or the Finder on a Mac.

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    Go to is a website dedicated to identifying the owner of any URL. (See References)

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    Type the domain name, without the extension into the search field on For instance, for the website, you type "nytimes" into the search.

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    Mark the check boxes for any extension that you wish to search, such as ".com," ".net" or ".org" and click "Search Now."

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    Find the website you are looking for in the results. If the domain name is already owned, it will have a red "X" next to it.

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    Click "whois," enter the security code that is shown on the next screen into the box and click "Search." The owner information is shown on the next screen.

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