How to Find Out Who Hosts a Website (Two Methods)


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 (using two methods) in this article.

Why is it important to know who is hosting a website?

Web hosting is required for all websites on the internet. This is where all of a website’s files are kept.

A domain name is a website’s address, such as wpbeginner.com. A domain name is not the same as website hosting.

Because this information is publicly available, determining who hosts a website is not difficult.

You may need to know the website hosting service behind a website in a variety of situations.

  • You had a website built for you by a WordPress developer. They either forgot to tell you who your web host is, or you misplaced the information.
  • You’re not sure who’s hosting it. You’ve had your WordPress website up and running for quite some time.
  • You want to know who the host is so that you can take advantage of their services as well. You’ve come across a website that loads quickly and performs admirably.
  • You want to send a DMCA takedown notice to the host of another website that is stealing your content.

There are several methods for determining who is hosting a website. We’ll show you the two quickest ways to figure out which hosting company a website uses.

Method 1: Use the WPBeginner Theme Detector Tool to find a theme.

Our WordPress Theme Detector tool is a great way to figure out what WordPress theme is being used on a website. It also informs you of the website’s host.

Simply go to the WordPress Theme Detector Tool page and type in the website’s URL (domain name):

To continue, click the ‘Analyze Website’ button.

You will see information about the website in a matter of seconds. This includes the hosting company’s name:

Here are a few names you might hear:

  • Bluehost and HostGator are both owned by EIG. They also own a number of smaller web hosting companies. These sites are hosted by EIG (Endurance International Group).
  • DreamHost is a subsidiary of New Dream Network, LLC.
  • GoDaddy owns Media Temple, which is a web hosting company.

The theme detector might not be able to tell you who the host is in some cases. When a website uses a CDN service or a website firewall, for example.

Because these services route all website traffic through their own servers, they will appear as the hosting provider in all hosting detector tools.

Cloudflare is a well-known CDN service. They provide a free CDN service that is used by a large number of websites.

Sucuri, a website security and firewall service with its own CDN servers, is another option.

If you use the theme detector tool to look up wpbeginner.com, it will reveal Sucuri as the hosting provider.

Our firewall is Sucuri, but WPBeginner is hosted by SiteGround.

It will demonstrate how to delve deeper into a website’s hosting company. If the theme detector isn’t providing you with a clear answer, the second method in this guide may be able to assist you.

Method #2: Who is Hosting a Website Using WHOIS Tools

It allows you to find out who is in charge of a website. WHOIS functions similarly to a public directory. Looking at a website’s WHOIS information is another way to figure out who is hosting it.

What is Whois Information, and why is it important?

They maintain a public directory of all website data, which includes information about the location of a website’s hosting. The majority of domain names on the internet are managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

This information is freely available, and there are numerous tools available to look up whois information on any website on the internet.

Then, to look it up, simply type in the website’s URL. Starting with the domain name, you’ll see a list of details: You must first go to WHOis.net.

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:

Simply search for the nameserver on Google to find out what web host it belongs to. Dreamhost is the host in this case.

It’s possible that you won’t always be able to locate the host information. Instead of nameservers, a CDN, such as Cloudflare, could be used.

Other Options for Locating a Website’s Host

These methods take a little longer to complete. However, if you can’t find the host using the above quick methods, they’re worth a shot.

It’s likely that you’ve already been charged for hosting. You could check your billing records for your own website.

If you are unable to contact them, go over any previous correspondence they have sent you. You could also get in touch with the person who set up your website.

It can be difficult to figure out who hosts another person’s website.

This could be in the footer or on the About page. To begin, look for information about the web host on the website. For example, our site is hosted by SiteGround, as shown in the WPBeginner footer:

If you are still unable to locate any information, you may wish to contact the website’s owner or editor.

Explain that you enjoy their website and are curious about who hosts it. Most websites have a contact form that you can use to get in touch with them.

We hope that this article taught you how to figure out who is hosting a specific website. Check out our guides on how to choose the best WordPress hosting service and our comparison of the best WooCommerce hosting companies if you need help finding a great hosting service.

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