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29.01.2020
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Often there is a need to find out the hosting of the site. For example, to understand which service provider a competitor uses. Or to refer to the same hoster. However, the reasons are not so important.

This publication is devoted to methods of determining hosting. We will consider them in more detail.

How to find out the hosting of someone else's website: 3 simple ways

It is impossible to find out the hosting of someone else's site with 100% reliability. After all, none of the methods shows complete information. However, let's consider what is available, and how to check - decide for yourself.

NS is the name of the server

The server name is determined by any Whois service. Often, the owners of web resources use the VPN server name of their own host. But it happens otherwise. For example, you can order website hosting from one company, and take a server name from another.

Therefore, this method is unreliable. It is only suitable for obtaining additional information.

And records for the domain

In this case, the IP address of the server to which the domain is directed is checked. It can be determined in 2 ways:

  • any Whois service;
  • using the "host" command in the console (on the Linux operating system).

Any IP address is assigned to a specific company. Nobody's IP addresses exist. Based on this information, you can understand where the site is located. In addition, the Whois server shows data about the owner of the network, the site and contacts.

This method helps to find the owner of a network of IP addresses. But it will not be possible to determine a hoster with a 100% guarantee. After all, he can rent equipment from the data center and, accordingly, use its IP addresses.

Read also : What is a domain zone .

Specialized services

If you do not know how to check the name server , IP address and other data or do not want to do it, you can use specialized services. Such platforms determine the hosting of the site by the second method. That is, they punch the IP address and collect all the available information from Whois.

Using them is very simple - it is enough to specify the URL of the site. The service will do everything else itself.

This option is relevant for "green" users who understand little about such issues. Or for those who don't want to manually check server names, A records and other information. We can say that this option is the simplest, most convenient and, accordingly, the most popular.

Results

Now you know all the currently existing methods of determining a hoster. As you can see, none of them gives 100% reliable information. After all, the hosting provider of someone else's website can rent third-party equipment and use the left IP address.

The second method is the most accurate - by checking A records. And the first method is suitable only as a supplement. Specialized services apply the same principle as in the second method - they just do it themselves, saving you from manual checking.


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