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Let’s say you were just given the responsibility for managing your company’s WordPress website. Congratulations! Now, one of your first tasks may be to create a new email address for the new guy. The problem is, new email accounts are created within your hosts’ Control Panel, not within WordPress’.

If you don’t have any of your hosts’ login details, you’ll need to contact them for more help. But, what do you do if you don’t even know which provider you host your WordPress website with?

Use a Whois lookup to find your host

What is a whois lookup?

A whois lookup can help you find a lot of information about your domain name. For example, it can tell you when it was registered, when it expires, and even who the owner is. In most cases, it will also show you who hosts the website.

A screenshot of a sample whois

How to perform a whois lookup

If you’ve never performed a whois lookup before, one of the easiest ways is to head over to Enter your domain name, and then click “Lookup”.

In this example, I was thinking of a fake company named, “Bob’s Plumbing” – and I happened to find If we do a whois lookup for, we can see the following:

Registry Domain ID: 1705265879_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server:
Registrar URL:
Updated Date: 2017-03-04T09:46:11Z
Creation Date: 2012-03-03T09:53:22Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2022-03-03T09:53:22Z
Registrar:, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Registrant Organization:
Registrant State/Province: New York
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at
Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at
Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at
Name Server: NS6377.HOSTGATOR.COM
Name Server: NS6378.HOSTGATOR.COM

Now that you know how to run a whois, let’s try to make some sense of it.


The most important part out of all this data is the “Name Server” section:

Name Server: NS6377.HOSTGATOR.COM
Name Server: NS6378.HOSTGATOR.COM

As you can see, this domain name is pointing to the nameservers as In this example, the answer to, “Who hosts my WordPress Website” would be HostGator.


If you can’t make sense of the domain’s nameservers, the whois information may contain the contact information of someone who may be able to help further. A domain’s registrant is the person who registered the domain name and owns it. This person may be able to tell you more about where your website is hosted. If they registered the domain, they may have setup the hosting too.

In a perfect world, you would see something like the following:

Registrant: Bob Smith

This would be easy to understand. Bob Smith bought the domain, and you could email him at BobS@BOBSPLUMBINGVIDEOS.COM and ask for more information as to how they setup the hosting.

Whois Privacy

In most cases, the registrant information is missing or redacted using whois privacy, as in the following two examples:

Registrant Organization:
Registrant State/Province: New York
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at
Registrant Organization: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant State/Province: CA
Registrant Postal Code: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email:

When the whois information is hidden, it makes it that much harder to find any helpful information about the domain.

Use a ping and a whois lookup to find your host

You can also ping your domain name to see which server actually responds. That server will belong to your web host.

What’s a ping?
Pinging a domain is sending a small amount of data to a server, and seeing which server responds and how long it takes. We won’t get into all of the details, but pinging a domain is a common troubleshooting technique in networking.

How to ping your domain

If you’ve never pinged a domain before, an easy way to do it is to use a website such as Simply type in your domain name (without “http://”), such as, “”, and click “Go”.

An example of pinging a domain name

In this example we can see that points to

64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=148 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=148 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=53 time=147 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=53 time=148 ms

If you take what we learned earlier in this article and perform a whois lookup on the IP address (you can use to run whois for an IP address), you’ll find the following:

NetRange: -
NetName:        HGBLOCK-9
NetHandle:      NET-192-254-128-0-1
Parent:         NET192 (NET-192-0-0-0-0)
NetType:        Direct Allocation
RegDate:        2013-06-11
Updated:        2013-06-11

OrgAbuseHandle: ABUSE3580-ARIN
OrgAbuseName:   Abuse Department
OrgAbusePhone:  +1-713-574-5287

We’ll assume that HGBLOCK-9 stands for “Host Gator Block 9”. We can also see that is set as the OrgAbuseEmail. These two pieces of information further prove that the domain we looked up is hosted by Host Gator.




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3 thoughts on “Where is my WordPress Site Hosted?

  1. For giggles, I’m following along with your tutorial and trying to figure out where actually hosts their site. A whois shows:

    Name Server: NS1.WORDPRESS.ORG
    Name Server: NS2.WORDPRESS.ORG
    Name Server: NS3.WORDPRESS.ORG
    Name Server: NS4.WORDPRESS.ORG

    What can we do now to learn more?

    • Hi Justin!

      One thing you could do to learn a little more is run a whois query on the IP address associated with the nameserver. Something like this:

      $ whois $(dig +short) | grep OrgName

      Running that returns Automattic, Inc as the name of the organization that the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) assigned that IP address to.

      Please let us know if you have any additional questions Justin!

      • Thanks Joseph! You got me thinking and I took this further.

        First, I pinged the domain:
        PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

        I found the IP was, so I did a geo ip lookup at and found this:

        Winnetka, Illinois, United States, North America
        ISP / Organizationa: SingleHop LLC

        Looks like they possibly host through “SingleHop LLC”. I looked up that IP range and found

        Hosted Domain Names
        There are 7,559 domain names hosted across 14 IP addresses on this ASN. Checkout our API to access full domain hosting information.

        IP Address Domain Domains on this IP 6,725 727 71 13 6 6 1 1

        Very interesting to see some of those domains in the list. So, if I was asked take charge of this domain, I guess I’d contact SingleHop LLC

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