Is iPage a Good Host For a News Website?

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Got a question... Is iPage a Good Host For a News Website? Thanks for any comment. Second question of mine... I was using DomainTools today to search a few domains and do some general research and their Reverse IP tool got me thinking..

They currently have records of all major TLD's and the IPs they are hosted on, so they can provide the reverse IP service. However I would assume a similar concept could also be used with the.

Name and Address.

For the Whois Registrant info?.

If so, you could find all domains owned by a particular person, company or registered to a particular address, correct?.

- Has this ever been done?.

- Does anyone offer this service?.

- Is there some technical issue I'm overlooking?.

And would this be a serious invasion of privacy?..

Comments (7)

Of course! however you might wanna make sure and wait for another member to confirm my answer as I am on the fence. Better yet, why don't you contact the iPage guys because they can answer your iPage question better...

Comment #1

This service was offered by NSI in the 90s through the "nic handle"..

Currently I do not know any active service...

Comment #2

This topic has been discussed in other threads. There is the possibility to do that, and this information could potentially help in negotiations, especially giving you more information about who the buyer really is..

However, Im sure someone could put it together in conjunction with HostGator Tools. Its definetly doable, and theyve got the info to do it..


Comment #3

Under whose laws and/or expectations?.

As FreewayWebhost said, WHOIS info is public information...

Comment #4

I've gotten worried that someone could use this technology to drive to the house of a owner and force him to "give up the goods." Maybe I'm just paranoid though..


Comment #5

I wasn't suggesting this would be illegal but would perhaps allow for more information to be found out about someone than they would like..

There are quite a few examples of how it could be used, both positively and negatively..

1) Use it to find more information about a potential buyer/seller - all registered domains they own, on all servers (not just the ones found by using reverse ip)..

2) Say an individual wanted to have two separate portfolios and one contained sensitive (possible adult?) domains, the two could now be linked together and possibly embarrass said individual. (e.g. Stupid CEO of large company registers explicit / embarrassing domain)..

3) Could be used to find "lost" domains, if you had domains over a large number of registrars you could find everything you own and get a nice overview - maybe even finding a HostGator that you had on auto-renew and forgot about..

4) Monitor what a particular company was registering (future products, trademarks etc...) and gain valuable market info/insight..

5) Would allow for searching of domains by name and/or street address (also email?).

6) Could be used to find general links/relationships between partners and/or competitors (e.g. a large company registering domains to thwart competitors or carry out fake viral marketing)..

* Of course the above all rely on the fact the owner hasn't got any whois protection on sensitive domains but still very feasible..

I was just intrigued by this concept, that's all.

EDIT: hmm just thought, even more interesting could be the possibility of pairing this up with archived WHOIS info, so you could see all domains a particular registrant currently owns and ever.


In the past...

Comment #6

Nothing wrong with expecting the worst. I've read of a internet marketer who.

Got an unexpected visit at her home by some total stranger who looked up her.

Domain name's contact details..

If you don't want people finding your information online, then don't post it in.

The first place. Or use alternative data, if possible..

Some people just expect too much...

Comment #7

What do people think about my suggested uses for this "concept"? would it be something DomainTools would ever consider offering? Could there be a market for the service?..

Comment #8

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.