What is WHOIS?

What is WHOIS? (read as “who is”) This is a a protocol for response and query functions that is widely used as a database search tool. The information collected, kept and stored from different domains and its site owners is utilized as basis for ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) corresponding to the WHOIS data reminder policy. The databases being queried would usually include information such as:

  • IP address block
  • Postal address
  • Accredited Registrant’s name
  • Domain name
  • Phone number
  • Autonomous system
  • Email address

This information is purposely collected, kept and stored in the WHOIS database every time you access an URL or get on a site over the worldwide web. Domain registrants are ones responsible in ensuring such details are up to date in accordance to the WRDP or WHOIS data reminder policy. But since the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) require these information (phone number, the registrant’s name, an IP address block, domain name, mailing address and email address) are to be available to the public it makes it prone to a range of dangerous elements putting privacy at risk. The WHOIS data reminder policy also has been adopted by ICANN and being implemented otherwise cancellation of your domain will be enforced. Like many domain owners, online users are uncomfortable that private domain information is automatically stored, kept and easily accessed by the public via the WHOIS database. This is why web hosting providers like iPage includes an an add-on feature of domain privacy to its hosting plans. This will keep domain WHOIS information from being accessed and viewed publicly.

About iPage Webhost

iPage as a web host has made a positive contribution to the web hosting industry by bringing over 10 years of experience to its users and web developers. Today, iPage platforms serve over a million websites and thousands more created everyday. Among the top advantages users and web developers’ benefit from iPage hosting are its incredibly affordable rates and quality of service. You may go online to www.ipage.com for online sale and discounts starting at $1.99 per month for the first three months of service. On an iPage basic hosting plan you can get the following essential features like: Anytime money back guarantee, domain registration (free for the first year only), unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, email accounts (unlimited), SimpleScripts application installer, integrated site builder, an online marketing and an iPage green technology campaign.

Domain Privacy Option on iPage

You can have your iPage Domain Privacy option activated by following these simple steps:

  • Login to your iPage account.
  • Access your admin control panel.
  • Open the iPage DomainCentral icon.
  • Choose your domain where you want privacy option activated found in the DomainCentral page.
  • Go to the Privacy column along the “Buy Now” button.
  • There will be a link available for the Domain Privacy Option, just click on it.
  • Terms and conditions for activating Domain Privacy on your domain will be available for your review prior to activation is completed.

Pricing on Domain Privacy

The iPage domain privacy is an add-on feature with iPage hosting which makes it optional and a premium feature. Premium features usually incurs a separate cost on your hosting plan and this is similar to iPage hosting plans. To activate this feature you will have to make a purchase and it costs $9.99 per year on top of your basic hosting plan. But you will be happy to know that your domain privacy with iPage supports the domain extensions such as: .biz, .name, .com, .org, .net, .info, .tv and .cc, inclusive in the activation fee of $9.99 per year.