How to Find the Owner or Publisher of a Website

Updated March 23, 2017

There are many reasons why someone might want to find the owner or publisher of a website. Only website owners or publishers can sell their domains, remove plagiarised articles or grant permission to republish content. Many website owners publish their name and contact information on their website. However, there are a few alternate ways to find the owner's information.

Look at the bottom of the web page for the copyright information. Websites that are protected by copyright include the icon at the bottom of the screen. You can usually find the owner or publisher name at the bottom of the page next to the copyright icon.

Search the Whois database. When a domain is registered with a domain registration company, its information is included in the Whois database. Simply enter the domain name into the search field. The Whois database is protected by a security key, which is used to prevent automated systems from accessing the database. You need to enter the security key before the owner information will be displayed. The registrant's name will be shown along with the Whois agent contact information.

Use the website's Contact Us page. Many websites include their contact information. Most websites use a contact form in order to keep their e-mail private. However, some websites simply list an e-mail in their contact information. In the form, request additional information on the owner or publisher of the website. Provide a contact e-mail in order to get a response.


For an additional fee, the website owner can request an "unlisted" registration. This means the owner's contact information will not be listed in the Whois database.

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About the Author

Leigh Thompson began writing in 2007 and specializes in creating content for websites. She has been published online in various capacities. Thompson has an associate degree in information technology from the University of Kansas and is working on a bachelor's degree in business and personal finance.