What is meant by Private WHOIS?
All the contact information that you entered during the domain name registration process is automatically stored in the WHOIS database, a public database that contains all the contact and registration details and information for every domain registered with a particular registrar. This information is publicly available and can be accessed by anyone who wishes to. As the information is made available to the public, it means that it is unprotected.
However, there is a way to protect your information that is stored in the WHOIS database. This WHOIS database protection process is called the Private WHOIS, also known as Domain Privacy. Domain Privacy helps protect your personal information by hiding it from the public’s prying eyes which in turn help protect you from spammers, telemarketers and other unscrupulous individuals from gaining access to your personal information.
Does InMotion offer Private WHOIS and how does it work?
As part of InMotion’s commitment to provide a safe and wholesome hosting experience for its clients, InMotion offers Domain Privacy services to its clients. However, the service is not a standard feature of its hosting package but is rather offered as an add-on service. As an add-on service, it means that the service is offered at a cost, which at present can be purchased at a cost of $9.99 per year per domain. Although the cost can be considered a bit expensive, the benefit that it brings to those who wish to protect their private information far outweighs the cost.
As soon as the client purchases domain privacy, InMotion replaces the public information records for the domain name with InMotion’s own information. Replaced information will include the email address, phone number and the physical address except the Organization Name, since it is the legal owner of the domain.
The Private WHOIS or Domain Privacy is available to all domains except for those with a .us extension.
How can I get InMotion’s Domain Privacy service?
Getting your WHOIS information protected by InMotion’s Domain Privacy is quite easy. Simply follow the succeeding steps:
- First, you need to login to your Account Management Panel or AMP;
- As soon as logged-in, highlight over the “Domains” and then click “Manage Domains”;
- You will then be brought to a page where you will see your domains listed. On the right side of your domains is a link “Add Privacy”, click the one that corresponds to the domain you wanted to be private.
- Clicking the button will bring you to a billing page where you can transact with InMotion’s Billing department about your new service. You may opt to use your existing credit card information stored in their system or you can add a new one. It is important that you Agree with their Terms of Service by reading it carefully and then once understood and agreed upon, click Submit. It is important to note that even though the privacy service was added to your domain after you clicked “Submit”, it may take up to 24 hours before other people can see the updates WHOIS information.
Current customers can email email@example.com or call 888-321-4678 or 757-416-6575 (for international clients) while new customers or those who do not have InMotion hosting accounts yet, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the numbers provided above.
Will I still be able to change or update my WHOIS information?
You can easily modify or change your WHOIS information by modifying your registration details. Registration details can be modified through your Account Management Panel. This is what you need to do.
- Login to your Account Management Panel (AMP);
- Hover over the Domains on the top menu and then click Manage Domains;
- Click the domain where you want to make a change from a list of domains presented;
- This will bring you to a page where you will see a list of links, find and click the link “Review or Change your registration details”;
- On the succeeding screen, click the button “Edit” next to the details you want to change;
- Once the information is added, review it carefully and then click “Submit”. Your information should be changed by now however it usually takes up to 24 hours before changes are available on the WHOIS.