Following up on my post on tools for looking at people behind sites here’s another excellent tool for pushing things forward. WhoIsHostingThis? can give you that last piece of the jigsaw that is missing from standard ‘whois’ lookups – the name of the hosting provider.
Standard ‘whois’ lookup tools give you the name of the ‘datacenter’ or the owner of the IP address. Trouble is, the ‘datacenter’ and the host isn’t always the same organisation because some hosts resell space run by other hosts’ datacenters. If you are looking for site owners – you’ll want to contact the host.
As the people behind the service told me recently: “Unlike straight reverse IP tools (eg, DomainTools etc.), we look at a number of data points to provide more accurate results. For example, if the data suggests a host is a reseller, we provide information on both the retail brand name and the datacentre used.’