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How To Find Which WebHost is Hosting A Website

Finding the best web host for your website is always a tough bet, as internet is full of spam and paid hosting reviews, and you will always find some great reviews about the worse of hosting company out there. Most of the people who are in need of a new hosting company, they have little time to do the research, and want to opt for the one which will give them peace of mind. Even here at ShoutMeLoud, I don’t expect anyone to directly pick any single hosting company, as I have talked about various quality hosting companies like Bluehost, Knownhost, WpEngine And many more.

The reason for giving more option here is to, stop limiting you with one option. Though, I always welcome direct contact Email for suggesting hosting company to newbie or depending upon the project a Shouter is about to start. Though communication might take some time, and it’s not worth to delay your project by 1-2 days just to pick the right hosting company.

A good solution to this problem is by checking which hosting company is being used by any good website or even by your competitor website. I like the approach of seeing which hosting your competitor is using, as your website may require more or less the same resource. You might not need the same level of hosting (Shared, VPS, Dedicated) initially, and you can always start with a starter hosting package. In this guide, I will share how you can find who is hosting a website. This will help you to narrow down your choice for a reliable Webhosting companu.

Who is Hosting A Website:

I’m sharing two ways which will help you to figure out which webhosting company is being used by a website. Do remember, these results may not be accurate in certain circumstances, which I have mentioned below.

Use Who.is:

This is the first thing that will help you finding Webhosting of a website. Using Who.is, you can find the Name server used by a domain, and that in most of the cases reveal the hosting company. Once you have found the Name-server, all you need to do is, find which hosting company that name server belong to. For example, according to Who.is record, Dreamhost is hosting labnol.org.

Website nameserver

Do remember, in certain scenario this trick won’t work, such as:

  • When website owner is using branded Name server.
  • When website owner is using CNAME record to point domain to Webhosting company.

WhoIshostingthis:

who is hosting website

This is another interesting website which will help you to to find who is hosting any website. Though one biggest problem with this website is, it doesn’t show the exact shared hosting company being used by the website, rather it shows the main hosting company behind the company a website is using. Ex: It shows unified layer instead of Bluehost or Hostgator (Both are part of EIG group), Citrex hosting instead of WpEngine. So in no matter what, this is not the best option  to find a website hosting company.

Contact the admin:

Lets not all these fancy tools make you blind, and miss out the most obvious and simplest way to find the hosting company used by a website. You can always contact admin of any website you like, and ask him for the hosting company they are using. As self managing our website, we know how important it’s to pick the good hosting company, we quickly recommend the hosting company we are using or recommend something that is useful in the case of user website. A good idea is to drop the email with your requirement, or options you have considered. Here is what a good format for such Email:

Hey $Name

Thanks for creating such a wonderful blog, and I would like to take some suggestion from you regarding hosting for my new website. I’m starting a WordPress blog which is targeted to U.S visitors, and I would like to take your advice on the same. Could you let me know which webhosting company you are using, or which hosting is good for a new WordPress blog, and which package I should opt for.

Thanks for taking time. Long time reader

$Name$

One simple Email will help you to find the hosting company being used by top players in your niche, and you will also get a personalised recommendation. Do remember, if you won’t ask, answer will always be no.

Overall, it’s very important to pick a reliable hosting company for your project, and try not to sacrifice on quality of hosting for the pricing. A good hosting company will not only give you peace of mind, but it will also help you to focus on what you are good at. Here are few hosting companies that I could suggest according to your need:

  • WordPress Shared hosting: Bluehost
  • WordPress VPS hosting: Knownhost (Managed) or Linode (Unmanaged)
  • Managed WordPress Hosting: WpEngine (Highly recommended when price is not a concern)

Do let me know if you know of any other trick which will let you find which Webhosting company is hosting a Website. Don’t forget to let me know which web host you are using for your Website?

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  • Sagar Desai

    Nice article Harsh.

    I use who.is for basic information. To dig deeper I like mxtoolbox which easily provide all DNS information including A records and ns.

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  • Anoop Sudhakaran

    What I used to do is ping the website name using Command Prompt and resolve the IP to Hostname using http://www.hcidata.info/host2ip.cgi

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Anoop Thanks for the tip, but unfortunately this one also have the same problem like whoishostingthis. ShoutMeLoud is hosted on WpEngine, and according to this tool it’s hosted on Linode. Here is the result which I got after following your tip:
      IP Address : 198.74.59.100

      Location : United States (95% accuracy)

      Host Name : li550-100.members.linode.com

      Reply

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