How to apply WHOIS Domain Privacy to your domain
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Domain Privacy helps prevent people from quickly finding out who owns any particular domain.
gTLDs (Generic Top Level Domains) such as .com, .net, .org and hundreds of others that are now available (pretty much most which are not country specific) allow the owner to hide their contact details from the worldwide WHOIS database for a fee. This service is available to private or commercial owners.
.uk domains that are managed by Nominet also have the facilty to Opt-Out the owner from the whois database - and it's free. The only restriction is that Opt-Out is only available to NON commercial owners. If the domain is being used commercially in any way, then Opt-Out is not allowed.
Applying WHOIS privacy at the time of registration to gTLDs
When you purchase/register a domain you are given the option of adding Domin Privacy (as shown) during the checkout process.
Applying WHOIS privacy at the time of registration to .uk domains
When adding a .ukdomain to the basket you will be shown a popup window where you must confirm the Registrant Name. Here you can tick the WHOIS Opt-Out box.
Applying WHOIS privacy AFTER registration
If you wish to retrospectively apply WHOIS privacy (ID Protection) to a domain after registration/renewal, or you wish to apply it to a .uk domain name, then you must raise a support request. We will create an invoice (free if .uk domain) if necessary and then make the changes for you.
Special note for .uk domains : Nominet's (Nominet are the legally appointed authority for .uk domain names) terms state that only non-commercial domains can be opted-out of the WHOIS database. If your website is monetised in any way, then we will be unable to opt it out of Nominet's WHOIS service.