WHOIS is a publicly searchable database of domain registration information. You can think about WHOIS as the yellow pages for domain names, which you can use to find a domain’s owner and contact information. All ICANN accredited registrars are required to provide a WHOIS lookup service for the domain names they manage.When you register a domain name, the contact information you provide Porkbun is published via the WHOIS database along with other information about the domain name and registrar. The public availability of such information supports a free and open Internet. You can find Porkbun’s WHOIS service here.ICANN provides a more authoritative WHOIS lookup for all registered domain names, regardless of registrar, which you can find here. In addition to providing the contact details associated with registered domains, WHOIS allows users to check the availability of domain names.
We understand that not everyone wants their contact information to be made public, so our tech wizards have created a privacy service, Private By Design! If you’d like to learn more about WHOIS or have questions regarding our privacy service, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org!