How do I find out who owns a domain name?

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I have the receipt where I paid for a domain name a while back, and I typed the name into my browser a while ago, it came up as someone elses blog.

I haven't gotten a chance to work on a site for that domain name, but was shocked to see that someone else had the domain name and was working on building a site.

How do I find out who this belongs to

Thanks
texasmom
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  • Profile picture of the author petevamp
    Its it possible that the domain expired on you. For I have had this happen a few times my self. Before I got the time to do any actual work on the site I had planed to build the domain had already expired. So I would check with your registar first to make sure it isnt expired before any thing else. Otherwise like what was said above I use domaintools.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
      Originally Posted by petevamp View Post

      Its it possible that the domain expired on you. For I have had this happen a few times my self. Before I got the time to do any actual work on the site I had planed to build the domain had already expired. So I would check with your registar first to make sure it isnt expired before any thing else. Otherwise like what was said above I use domaintools.
      It likely expired if someone else is building something on it
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  • Profile picture of the author Carlsbadd
    Check with the registrar where you purchased it from, after all you do have proof of purchase
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  • Profile picture of the author VOnline
    You can use WhoIs if they don't have protection for that? Just thinking...
    Check the date of your proof of purchase, if it's still valid. (I would guess you bought the domain for a year) then contact the registrar company.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Originally Posted by texasmom64 View Post

    I have the receipt where I paid for a domain name a while back
    When ? A week..a month.. 10 seconds ? usually domain registrations are for one year.

    If you see something else in there, it could be a page set by your registrar by default.

    If not, then contacting your domain registrar would be the best option.
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  • Profile picture of the author luma2
    I used Who.is: Whois Lookup, Website, Domain Name, and IP Tools - Who.is to get all the info, even if says "private" you can contact them with the email that appaer there
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  • Profile picture of the author LymeJoe
    texasmom64,

    You can whois.net, works great. Unfortunante situation you're in, wish you the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Smith
    Visit Whois.net. Go to the Whois.net Web site
    Probably your domain name has been expired and you no longer update it.
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    • Profile picture of the author imagetypers
      I think you havent renewed the domain or someone else has the control panel access of that domain. Please check with the site you have bought the domain from to confirm.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    I'm sure if you email and explain what has happened to the original domain registrar, you will get some assistance from them.

    Is it possible that your 12 month period of registration has lapsed?

    You may also find that the new purchaser has blocked whois from revealing his identity if there's any monkey business going on.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author ann1986
    Sometimes this happens to the registrar. Make sure you register your domain to trusted companies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Meharis
    Originally Posted by texasmom64 View Post

    I have the receipt where I paid for a domain name a while back, and I typed the name into my browser a while ago, it came up as someone elses blog.

    I haven't gotten a chance to work on a site for that domain name, but was shocked to see that someone else had the domain name and was working on building a site.

    How do I find out who this belongs to

    Thanks
    texasmom
    You also have an other problem.
    Your signature doesn't work.
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  • Profile picture of the author texasmom64
    I did what everyone said and went to whois.net and found it. It went out in December 2010, so I screwed up and lost a good domain. Next time I'm going to register my domains for as long as they will allow. Dang'it....that ticks me off.....live learn i guess.

    Thanks everyone for your help.
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    • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
      Originally Posted by texasmom64 View Post

      I did what everyone said and went to whois.net and found it. It went out in December 2010, so I screwed up and lost a good domain. Next time I'm going to register my domains for as long as they will allow. Dang'it....that ticks me off.....live learn i guess.

      Thanks everyone for your help.

      You can also set up automatic renew with your registrar. It auto charges to your credit card at expiration - provided you update the card expiration date with the registrar.

      As another mentioned, the site in your sig doesn't work. That is probably a good thing because affiliate linkes in sigs are forbidden here. They have to go to your own site, which can then send to an affiliate page. Check the rules.

      :-Don
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      • Profile picture of the author franklinn
        By using the whois tool, you can find the details of the website..
        Check the whois info at WhoisXY.com ..
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    • Profile picture of the author Domainate
      Originally Posted by texasmom64 View Post

      I did what everyone said and went to whois.net and found it. It went out in December 2010, so I screwed up and lost a good domain. Next time I'm going to register my domains for as long as they will allow. Dang'it....that ticks me off.....live learn i guess.

      Thanks everyone for your help.
      There's no need to wastefully spend...if you set autorenewal on wherever you register the domain, that would protect it from dropping. At worst, your CC info used for renewal could be outdated but you would get an email notifying you of that and would still have plenty of time to renew (you can renew up to 30 days after expiration or longer at most non-GoDaddy registrars, up to 18 days at GoDaddy).

      Hopefully you'll learn from this at least to keep your eye on your domains!
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  • Profile picture of the author floydjr32
    Copy and paste the domain name you found to a web browser. That the easiest way to find out if the domain name is taken.
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  • Profile picture of the author wanna-succeed
    Out of curiousity, what was the domain?
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  • Profile picture of the author joemayerich
    Good info here, didn't know about whois.net.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
    I highly doubt if the domain had expired!

    If not, contact your domain name provider.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    When you buy a domain and enter in your info in the Administrative and Technical contact info, make sure your information is correct, including your email.

    Registrars normally email constantly when a domain is expiring. I know Namecheap and Godaddy do. It would be impossible for me not to realize that a domain is expiring.
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  • Profile picture of the author samples
    Whois.net for details
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