A domain name is the unique web address of a website. This is a human readable string of letters and/or numbers that you put in the address bar of an internet browser when you want to visit a website.
When domains are registered for the first time, facts about the registry, registrar, and registrant, as well as other relevant information such as dates are stored in a WHOIS database.
If you want to find out when a website or domain name was originally registered or created, you can do the following:
- Go to the home page, click the domains menu, and select WhoIs Domain.
- In the search box, type in the complete url or domain name of the website you want information on, and click submit. Make sure to include the appropriate suffix or TLD (top-level domain).
- Relevant data about the domain in your query will be displayed at this page. You can scroll down to look for the Created date to find when a domain was originally created or registered.
If you own or have registered domains with us, or perhaps you have made a domain transfer, and you want to check when they were created, you can do the following:
- Find the My Account tab at the top of the page and click that.
- Make sure you choose Account Manager.
- Type in your username and password at the appropriate fields, and click Log In.
- Click on the Visit My Account button.
- Inside your Account Manager, click Domains in the menu bar.
- The default display will be a List View of your domains. You need to turn it into a Folder View. To do this, click on the folder icon on the right side of the Quick search box.
- Check the domain folders on the left side and click on the folder where the domain you want to check out belongs.
- On the title bar of your domains list inside that folder, click this symbol (<) to make the columns move and display the next two, which by default are the Name Servers.
- Hover your cursor over any of the two column titles and it will display a drop-down menu. Click on Created Date. This will display the dates when the domains were originally created or registered.
Fun fact: Contrary to popular belief, WHOIS is not a database but a query and response protocol that scours databases where information about registered domains are stored. However, there are WHOIS databases, mostly run by registries and registrars, all around the world that contain information about domains, registrants, and other pertinent registration information, most of which are publicly searchable.
: If you have registered domains and you don’t want your personal information in the global WHOIS database as a registrant to be public or accessible, you can get a Domain Privacy
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