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WHOIS allows one to query remote databases for domain registration information. By performing a simple search, you can discover when and by whom a domain was registered, contact information, and more. A search can also reveal the name or network mapped to a numerical IP address. Originally, WHOIS searches were performed in a command line environment and took the form, [drive]:>whois domain.com. Searches can still be performed from the command line (e.g. whois domain.com) or through a web interface.
In the case of a privately owned domain, the WHOIS database contains the full name, address, telephone number, and email address of the registered owner of the domain. If the domain is owned by a business, the company name, address, email, and telephone number are listed. There are also fields for a domain administrator, technical administrator, and other contacts. The expiration date of the registration period is also listed
While the original purpose of the WHOIS database was to provide a directory for domain owners, the publicly available information opened the doors to mass spam and other abuses. Hence WHOIS Privacy, a service which can be added to your domain name. When a domain name is registered, your personal information is attached to the domain name and is visible to the public. The WHOIS Privacy service updates your domain name with generic information, protecting your identity.
Parties wishing to contact you may do so through an intermediary address at Epik.com. Your personal information will never be made available. You still have ownership of your domain name after WHOIS Privacy is enabled. The WHOIS Privacy service protects your identity, it does not change the owner of the domain name. And, unlike most registrars, Epik offers this service for free!
A subdomain refers specifically to the level of division after domains. Coming after TLDs and domains, subdomains forms the third level of the hierarchy. Notice that in Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), the TLDs are on the far right, and each subsequent level down is one step to the left. So you would expect to find subdomains to the left of the domain name. Some people use the term vanity domain to refer to a subdomain. Especially because the term vanity domain has a particular meaning with regard to unintended use of Country code TLDs (cTLDs), it is suggested that the names be kept distinct.
With a subdomain, you can clearly indicate important subdivisions of your site, like departments, functions, or services. For example, universities might use subdomains for their major divisions, like humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, like https://humanities.uchicago.edu/
Subdomains can also be used to allow separate site sections for different members of an organization or family, or even to create separate sub-sites.
Address or A records (also known as host records) are the central records of DNS. These records link a domain to an IP address. For instance, altostrat.com has an A record that points to 18.104.22.168. This means that all traffic to altostrat.com will be directed to the server with IP address 22.214.171.124. The value of an A record is always an IP address, and multiple A records can be configured for one domain name.
Canonical Name or CNAME records create aliases to other addresses. CNAME records are often used to create subdomains. CNAME records are useful because they allow you to set up an alias to a server IP address with another or "canonical" domain name without having to specify an IP address. For example, www.example.com can have a CNAME record pointing to example.com. If example.com has an A record configured with an IP address, traffic from www.example.com will be directed to this IP address. Please note, creating a CNAME record does not disrupt your current mailflow or affect other services.
Domain name forwarding lets you automatically direct your domain name's visitors to a different website. this is especiallyuseful if you have a preexisting site up but you have several variants of the domain names, e.g. domain name.net instead of odmainname.com.
Masking prevents visitors from seeing your domain name forwarding by keeping your domain name in the Web browser's address bar.
Let's look at this example of how you can configure forwarding.