What do the WHOIS results mean?

This answer will explain what the main sections of a WHOIS search result mean. While this covers most tld domain types, some have different formats.

Domain:

This is the domain name you have searched for

Created:

This is the original date on which the domain name was registered

Last-changed:

This is the last date on which any changes were made to the domain name

Registration-expiration:

This is the date on which the domain name is due to expire if not renewed

Nserver:

You will normally find two (or more) nameserver entries

Status:

This is the status of the domain name. There are several status levels:

ACTIVE: The registry sets this status. The domain can be modified and renewed by the registrar. The domain will be included in the zone if it has been delegated to at least one nameserver.

REGISTRY-LOCK: The registry sets this status. The domain cannot be modified or deleted by the registrar. The registry must remove the REGISTRY-LOCK status for the registrar to change the domain. The domain can be renewed. The domain will be included in the zone if it has been delegated to at least one nameserver.

REGISTRAR-LOCK: The sponsoring registrar sets this status. The domain cannot be modified or deleted. The registrar must remove REGISTRAR-LOCK status to modify the domain. The domain can be renewed. The domain will be included in the zone.

REGISTRY-HOLD: The registry sets this status. The domain cannot be modified or deleted by the registrar. The registry must remove the REGISTRY-HOLD status for the registrar to change the domain. The domain can be renewed. The domain will not be included in the zone.

REGISTRAR-HOLD: The sponsoring registrar sets this status. The domain cannot be modified or deleted. The registrar must remove REGISTRAR-HOLD status to modify the domain. The domain can be renewed. The domain will not be included in the zone.

REDEMPTIONPERIOD: The registry sets this status when a registrar requests that the domain name be deleted from the registry and the domain has been registered for more than five calendar days. (If the delete request is received within five days of initial domain registration, it will instead be deleted immediately). The domain will not be included in the zone. The domain cannot be modified or purged - it can only be restored. Any other registrar requests to modify or otherwise update the domain will be rejected. The domain will be held in this status for a maximum of 30 calendar days.

PENDINGRESTORE: The registry sets this status after a registrar requests restoration of a domain that is in REDEMPTIONPERIOD status. The domain will be included in the zone. Registrar requests to modify or otherwise update the domain will be rejected. The domain will be held in this status while the registry waits for the registrar to provide required restoration documentation. If the registrar fails to provide documentation to the registry within seven calendar days to confirm the restoration request, the domain will revert to REDEMPTIONPERIOD status. The domain status will be set to ACTIVE only if the registrar provides documentation to the registry within seven calendar days to confirm the restoration request.

PENDINGDELETE: The registry sets this status after a domain has been set in REDEMPTIONPERIOD status and the domain has not been restored by the registrar. The domain will not be included in the zone. Once in this status, all registrar requests to modify or otherwise update the domain will be rejected. The domain will be purged from the registry database after being in this status for five calendar days.

admin-c

This is the main contact for the domain name and will be the person who owns the domain name.

tech-c

This is normally 123-reg (or your registrar).

bill-c

This will also be 123-reg as you do not pay for the domain name directly.

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