Have you ever wondered what web hosting service a particular website uses?
A user recently inquired about how to find out who is hosting their website. Beginners who initially hired someone to set up their website frequently ask this question.
You should also look into who is hosting your competitor’s website. We’ll show you how to find out who is hosting a specific website in this article (using two methods).
What are the Benefits of Knowing Who Hosts a Website?
Web hosting is required for all online websites. All of a website’s files are kept in this folder.
A domain name isn’t the same as website hosting. The address of a website, for example, yourblogmaster, is referred to as a domain name.
Because this information is publicly available, determining who hosts a website isn’t difficult.
You may need to know the website hosting service behind a website in a variety of circumstances.
- You have a website that was created by a WordPress developer. They may have forgotten to inform you of the web host’s identity, or you may have misplaced the information.
- Your WordPress website has been up and running for quite some time. You’ve lost track of who’s hosting it.
- You’ve come across a website that loads quickly and efficiently. You’d like to know who the host is so that you can take advantage of their services as well.
- You want to send a DMCA takedown notice to their host because another website is stealing your content.
You can find out who is hosting a website in a variety of ways. We’ll show you the two most straightforward methods for determining a website’s hosting provider.
Method 1: Detect themes with the Yourblogmaster Theme Detector Tool.
Our WordPress Theme Detector tool is a great way to figure out what WordPress theme is being used on a site. It also informs you about the website’s host.
Simply go to the WordPress Theme Detector Tool page and enter the website’s URL (domain name):
To proceed, click the ‘Analyze Website’ button.
You will be able to see information about the website in a matter of seconds. This includes the hosting provider’s name:
Here are some names you might hear:
- EIG (Endurance International Group) hosts these sites as part of the Unified Layer. Bluehost and HostGator are owned by EIG. They also control a number of smaller web hosting companies.
- DreamHost is a division of New Dream Network, LLC.
- GoDaddy owns Media Temple, a web hosting company.
The theme detector may or may not be able to identify the host in some cases. When a website employs a CDN or a website firewall, for example.
All website traffic is routed through these services’ servers, so they will be identified as the hosting provider by all hosting detector tools.
Cloudflare is a well-known CDN provider. Many websites use their free CDN service.
Sucuri, a website security and firewall service with its own CDN servers, may also be of interest.
If you use the theme detector tool to look up yourblogmaster.com, the hosting provider will be Sucuri.
Sucuri is listed as the Yourblogmaster host in the theme detector tool.
Although Yourblogmaster is hosted by SiteGround, we use Sucuri for our firewall.
If the theme detector fails to provide a clear answer, the second method in this guide may be of assistance. It will teach you how to delve deeper into a website’s background to discover the true hosting company.
Method #2: Find out who is hosting a website by using WHOIS tools.
Examining a website’s WHOIS information is another way to learn about its host. WHOIS is a public directory similar to a phone book. It allows you to look up a website’s ‘owner.’
What exactly is Whois data?
The majority of domain names on the internet are managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). They maintain a public directory of all website data, which includes information about the location of a website’s hosting.
This information is freely available, and there are numerous tools available to look up whois information on any website on the internet.
You must first go to WHOis.net. Then, to look it up, simply type in the website’s URL. Starting with the domain name, you’ll see a list of details:
All you have to do now is search for a ‘Name Server’ entry. This tells you who is in charge of the site’s hosting:
Dreamhost is the server in this case. Simply Google the nameserver to learn about the web host to which it belongs.
You may not always be able to locate the host information. Instead, a CDN, such as Cloudflare, could be used to set the nameservers.
Additional Resources for Locating a Website’s Host
These approaches take a little longer. If you can’t locate the host using the above quick methods, they are worth a shot.
You might check your billing records for your own website. It’s very likely that you’ve already been charged for hosting.
You could also get in touch with the person who set up your website. If you are unable to contact them, go over any previous correspondence they have sent you.
It can be difficult to figure out who hosts another person’s website.
To begin, look for information more about web host on the website. This could be in the footer or on the About page. For example, our site is hosted by SiteGround, as shown in the Yourblogmaster footer:
If you are still unable to locate any information, you may wish to contact the website’s owner or editor.
Most websites have a contact form that you can use to get in touch with the company. Explain that you enjoy their website and are curious about the company that hosts it.
We hope that this article taught you how to figure out who hosts a specific website.