What is a WHOIS search?

The WHOIS database is a searchable list of every single domain currently registered in the world. To find out who owns a particular domain name, all you have to do is type it into the box above.The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires accredited registrars like LittleBlueBee.com to publish the registrant’s contact information, domain creation and expiration dates and other information in the WHOIS listing as soon as a domain is registered.

So everyone can see my information?
The short answer is, yes. The name, address and phone number you submit when you register your domain is publicly accessible by anyone at any time. This may be good news if you have a domain name you’d like to sell. Or it may be bad news if your name and contact info is collected by a spammer, hacker or other cyber-criminal.

How can I protect my privacy?
To keep your personal data from falling into the wrong hands, LittleBlueBee.com offers Private Registration through our partner, Domains By Proxy®. Instead of displaying your personal information in the WHOIS database for all to see, Domains By Proxy® will replace it with their own. The domain will still belong to you – except now, you and Domains By Proxy® will be the only ones who know it. See the difference.
What about my business? I want people to find me.
For businesses, LittleBlueBee.com offers Deluxe Registration. Use this “virtual business card” to drive traffic to your website and increase the reach of your existing marketing efforts – without sacrificing your privacy. For domains you can’t afford to lose, there’s Protected Registration. It prevents accidental or malicious domain transfers and includes Private and Business Registration FREE. Find out more.

The Relationship Between a Domain Name and a Web Host

A domain name represents a physical location on the Internet; an IP address. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) governs coordination of the links between IP addresses and domain names across the Internet. With this standardized coordination, you can find websites on the Internet by entering domain names instead of IP addresses into your Web browser.

Web hosting is a service that allocates space on a computer server to a customer’s web site. It’s that physical location on the Internet as mentioned above that is assigned an IP address. This is where your domain name points to.

What is a domain name?

A domain name represents a physical point on the Internet — an IP address. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) governs coordination of the links between IP addresses and domain names across the Internet. With this standardized coordination, you can find websites on the Internet by entering domain names instead of IP addresses into your Web browser.

In layman’s terms, you can type 74.125.224.72 (IP address of the host) into your browser to search the Internet or you can type in Google.com. Google.com is a domain name that points to the physical location or point on the Internet. In this case, 74.125.224.72.