There are many reasons as to why you'd want to know who hosts a specific website.
Maybe the site performs particularly well. Maybe - quite the opposite. Unfortunately, you won't find the provider listed on the site itself, so getting the information can be quite difficult.
There is, however, another, easy way to get the information. Below, I'll lay out the step-by-step process to do it. And don't worry – this method is entirely free!
Here's how you can find out who is hosting a website:
- Head to AccuWebHosting's search tool
- Enter the URL of the desired website
- Scroll down to find host details
1. Head to AccuWebHosting's Search Tool
To begin the process of finding out who is hosting a website, you need to head to AccuWebHosting's search tool. This tool allows you to search for URLs to find out who the website's hosting provider is. After heading to the link provided above, scroll down to find the search bar, as it's not at the top of the page.
2. Enter the URL of the Desired Website
Once you find the search bar on the AccuWebHosting website, enter the domain of the website you're looking for. Make sure you have the correct search request highlighted above the search bar. 'Show Me Web Host' should be highlighted as green if you want the correct data. After you enter the URL of your desired site, click 'Get Information' on the right-hand side.
3. Scroll Down to Find Host Details
Next, you'll be redirected to a different page with the hosting information of your desired website. Scroll down to reveal the entire hosting details of your desired site. For the sake of this tutorial, I've searched for Facebook's hosting provider. As you can see from the image above, Facebook hosts its own site.
In most cases, this won't be the case. You'll most likely see GoDaddy, Bluehost, Hostinger, or any other number of major hosting providers in this space. You can also use this service to view the location of the current hosting provider.
Finding Domain Owner and Hosting Details
After you've found out who is hosting a particular website, you may want to learn more about the owner of the site. Believe it or not, there's actually an easy way to find out who owns a domain name.
The WHOIS ICANN database is a worldwide database that lists the ownership details of the web's domain names. Searching this database is one of the best ways to find out who owns a site. You can use this information to contact the site owner, make an offer for a domain name, or find out additional details about its registration. Let's explore the process in more detail below.
1. Head to WHOIS ICANN Website
You can actually use the Accu Web Hosting search tool to look for domain hosting as well, but I thought I would take a look at a more direct method for sourcing this information. If you head to the WHOIS ICANN search tool, you'll find a search bar that you can use to search your desired domain name.
2. Search Domain Name
Now it's time to enter the domain name of the website owner you're looking for. Keep in mind that you'll need to enter the correct extension as well. Different extensions will most likely have entirely different owners. Once you enter the domain name you're searching for, click the blue 'Lookup' button on the right-hand side.
3. Find the Name of Domain Owner and Host
Once the next page is finished loading, scroll down to reveal the full details of the website owner and domain registrar. Again, for the purpose of this tutorial, I've used Facebook as an example. As you can see, there is a wide range of details available to those using the search database.
You can find out the website's owner, address, contact number, and contact email. This is an excellent benefit if you need to get in touch with a site owner to make an offer for a domain. In most cases, the name won't be 'Domain Admin,' but instead the real name of the individual who owns the website.
In the bottom left-hand section of the results, you'll also find data on the domain registrar for the name you've searched for. If you scroll further down, you'll find information on the domain's expiry date and registration information. If a registration expiry is coming up, you may have a chance to purchase it.
Be aware, though, that many domain owners will pay for privacy protection to shield their online information. It's done to prevent unwanted contact or sales offers, and it means you won't be able to identify the owner of a domain name. Still, some services will try and contact the site's anonymous owner on your behalf if you want to purchase the domain name in question.
Do Your Research
Choosing the right hosting for your new website is one of the best ways to secure the performance you need. Site performance plays a critical role in your search engine ranking. It also leaves your website visitors much more satisfied with their experience.
Now that you know how to find out where a website is hosted, it's time to choose a host of your own. If you want to find out which hosting providers are currently offering the best services, make sure to check out our Best Hosting Providers' review.
We also offer extensive individual reviews for the top hosting providers on the Internet. If you want to find out more about the hosting provider of a site you searched for, you can take a look at a full list of its features and benefits using our reviews. It's one of the best ways to make a well-informed purchase next time you're in the market for a web host.
Alternatively, if you're trying to find out which domain host is best for your new domain name, we also offer a guide on the top domain registrars in the industry. To learn more, check out our review on best domain providers.