WHAT IS A WEBSITE OWNERSHIP CHECK

& HOW IT CAN BE BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR BUSINESS

There are lots of reasons for wanting to find out the owner of a website through a website ownership check​

The most obvious and arguably the most common is where you want to use the domain for your website, but the domain is already registered

By finding out who owns it, you can decide what to do next, i.e., continue pursuing the domain name or choosing a different one​

This isn’t the only reason for going through the website ownership check process. Another reason would be to find out more about a competitor or a potential customer, for example.

Website Ownership Check Explained​

What exactly is a website ownership check and how do you do it? Let’s start with the basics.

Checking the ownership of a website involves finding out the name of the person or company that is the legal owner of the website.

It’s important to point out that this can be a more complicated process than many people anticipate. That is because they try to find out the owner of a website by checking for who owns the domain.

It is not always as straightforward as this, however. One of the reasons the situation can be more complicated is that domain name owners have the right to hide their details from view. So, common tools for looking up who has registered a domain will not provide you with much information.

Plus, even when you know the name of the person or company who has registered the domain name, you don’t necessarily know the ultimate owner of the website. The registrant of the domain name, for example, could be a representative of the website’s ultimate owner.

How to Conduct a Website Ownership Check​

To get detailed information on the ownership of a website, you will need to go through several steps.

Checking the ownership of a website involves finding out the name of the person or company that is the legal owner of the website.

It’s important to point out that this can be a more complicated process than many people anticipate. That is because they try to find out the owner of a website by checking for who owns the domain.

It is not always as straightforward as this, however. One of the reasons the situation can be more complicated is that domain name owners have the right to hide their details from view. So, common tools for looking up who has registered a domain will not provide you with much information.

Plus, even when you know the name of the person or company who has registered the domain name, you don’t necessarily know the ultimate owner of the website. The registrant of the domain name, for example, could be a representative of the website’s ultimate owner.

Other information you can get through an ownership check at Domain Crawler include​

• Historical snapshots of the website so you can see what it looked like in the past and the information it previously contained.
• DNS data so you can see information such as other websites hosted on the same IP address or using the same NS servers.
This information can indicate connections between websites.
• SSL certificate information that can also help you connect different websites and levels of ownership.

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