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  1. The information in the WHOIS database about my site is incorrect. How can I correct it?
  2. I'd like to register a .com domain that is coming up as expired. Why does it say the name is taken if the WHOIS lookup says it is EXPIRED?
  3. The WHOIS query interface is telling me that my ip is blacklisted for 24 hours. Is this right?
  4. Is WHOIS privacy available and how much does it cost?
  5. What is THIN WHOIS?
  6. What is THICK WHOIS?.

 

1. The information in the WHOIS database about my site is incorrect. How can I correct it?

The information in the WHOIS database can normally be corrected by visiting the website where you originally registered your domain name. You can register domain names through a Reseller or a Registrar.

As an example, if you purchased your domain name from your web designer, then you would normally contact the same person again to change details visible in the WHOIS database. If you registered the name yourself, then you would make the changes at the site where you originally registered the domain.

 

2. I'd like to register a .com domain that is coming up as expired. Why does it say the name is taken if the WHOIS lookup says it is EXPIRED?

General Whois lookups in the .com don't cover the period after the renewal grace period expires. That is, they don't cover Redemption periods or Pending Delete. The Grace Period is 30 days , Redemption is 30 Days , Pending delete is 7 days plus an unknown random period up to 7 days.

 

3. The WHOIS query interface is telling me that my ip is blacklisted for 24 hours. Is this right?

Unfortunately, this is probably correct. Some Registries prevent the bulk harvesting of WHOIS or contact details by limiting the number of queries that come from a given IP address.

 

4. Is WHOIS privacy available in the .au, and how much does it cost?

WHOIS privacy is now available in many extensions. If it is available, you will see it listed on the page for the domain extensions, and during the checkout process.

If you want to protect the privacy of an individual's details in the .au when doing a company registration, it is allowable to use role descriptors such as "The Manager" or "The Directors" in your contact details for a .au registration.

 

5. What is THIN WHOIS?

Thin WHOIS is the term that describes the set of results that return when you do a basic WHOIS query. It will normally contain a "thin" set of details that would in many cases include; the domain name, the Registrar, the Registrar's WHOIS server, the nameserver addresses, the status, the creation date, and the expiry. Be aware that this is not always the case.

 

6. What is THICK WHOIS?

The THICK WHOIS is the term used to describe the set of results that returns from a WHOIS query made directly to the Registrar for a (gTLD) domain. A THICK WHOIS search is dependent on the upstream Registrar concerned, and may often be blocked. You can attempt a THCK WHOIS query on the results page of a THIN WHOIS query, by clicking the link marked Do a Deep WHOIS