Registering a domain name means that some information about you will be published online by the Internet Registry Company that manages it – known as Whois information.
What information is revealed?
A Whois search will usually reveal who registered the domain, whether they are an individual, a sole trader or a company, their address, and the relevant dates associated with the domain that was registered – i.e. when it was registered and when it will expire.
As a general rule
Different Internet Registry Companies have different rules about what is displayed so there can be some variations. However, in most cases the following applies:
- If you register your domain name as an individual you can choose to keep your address private
- If you register the domain name as a limited company, you will have to display an address, company name and number
- If you register the domain as a sole trader, your address and your status as a sole trader will be displayed
Registering your domain through a limited company
The obvious disadvantage of registering your domain through your limited company rather than as an individual is that your address and other details will be visible to anyone that runs a Whois search. On the plus side, purchasing your domain name this way means you increase your company’s Intellectual Property (IP) and the value of your company.
Registered Office Service
If you register your limited company to your home address, to get around the issue of this information being visible via a Whois search you can use a Registered Office Service. This is a particularly useful solution if you are registering all the top level domain variations of your domain name.