Once you decide what your domain name is supposed to be all you need to do is get it. But, before getting a domain name you need to find out the past of that particular domain name so that you won’t be surprised when unusual information is found out about your domain name. Domain names leave their own digital footprints over the internet and it is highly recommended that you do a little background check on your domain name before using it for yourself. And because of the various tools available to check the domain names
But, before we tell you the methods to check domain names first we’ll quickly go through the definition of Domain Names.
What does a domain name mean?
Every computer on the internet has an IP address assigned to it which looks like this “22.214.171.1248” but, it becomes very difficult for people to remember these IP addresses and hence as a solution to that problem domain names are used which makes accessing websites easy.
Now that we have a brief understanding of what a domain name is, let’s go over some of the means and ways to check your domain name history.
DomainTools is a website which provides ample premium tools to conduct research on your selected domain name. One of the most important services provided by this website is WHOIS History which lets you look up the history of a domain. All you need to do is enter the domain name in the search box and click the Lookup button. You will get to see the number of historical data found on the domain name, the number of changes made and percentage of domain name ownership data. However if you get a professional account i.e. the paid version then you will be given more detailed information on the historical data.
It is a simple website that offers current and past whois information. All you need to do is enter the domain name in the search box and click the search button. The historical whois data will be shown and you will be shown the historical WHOIS data. You also have the option of jumping on specific record dates.
The only website which provides not only WHOIS data but also SEO and other online tools used for domain name research for free. You do not need any sort of membership on this website, just enter the domain name in their search box and click the WHOIS button and you will get all the old WHOIS data regarding the domain. However the only drawback of this website is that it began very late and hence has limited WHOIS database.
REG.com is a Russian domain name registrar and also an WHOIS history service. It offers more historical WHOIS information than DomainTools which has been mentioned before in this list but after comparing results from both the websites show that the information is almost exact and there are a few duplicate records added in between so that it won’t look like an exact copy of DomainTools.
- Internet Wayback Machine:-
Internet Wayback Machine is an open-source organization which lets you look at the various versions of a website on any particular date of your choosing in the years before. This is a very handy tool as it lets you look at the snapshots of almost all websites and hence it will help you know about the history of your domain name.
The above five websites are some of the most amazing platforms for you to research domain name history. They provide extensive search options and also detailed reports so that you may use the information obtained in the future.