Have you ever come across a website with no means of contacting the webmaster? This poses a problem if you want to or need to contact the webmaster.
Maybe you want to contact the webmaster because of copyright violations, want to ask a question about the product or service offered, or make a business proposal.
Experienced users will look up domain information and retrieve information about the owner of the website there. Even if the domain in question protected by privacy systems like whois guard it is usually possible to get an email message that will be forwarded to the owner of the website.
Inexperienced users might decide to leave a comment on the website instead hoping that it will be spotted by the webmaster. Another option is the webmaster contact software (or script) Contact That Owner which will automatically retrieve the whois information of a selected website to retrieve the email address of the website owner.
Update: The service is no longer available. We suggest you use a service such as Who.is instead to look-up the contact information. While not automated, it provides you with information about the website owner and administrative contacts. Who.is is super-easy to use; just paste the domain name in the form on the site and hit the search button to have it looked up by the service. Results are then displayed on the next page. End
Contact That Owner displays a small form on the website that allows you to contact the webmaster directly using that form on top of that.
The form displays the email of the webmaster prominently which means it is possible to copy and paste it to process it in a desktop or online email client. The form itself can be used to write a message to the webmaster directly. Users should keep in mind that the email will not be send from their email address this way. This means that it is essential to mention the reply email address in the form so that the webmaster has the means to reply (if that is desired).
The main advantage of the contact software How To Contact is the automatic retrieval of information which will make it easier for inexperienced users to discover a contact email address. Tech savvy users on the other hand will rely on manual domain lookups to discover the email address.
Your best bet of contacting a webmaster is to look up a domain's whois information to write an email address to the email listed there. Legal requests may also be directed at the domain or web hosting company if the webmaster cannot be contacted, or won't react on the message.
Update 2: The introduction of GDPR in the European Union has limited whois data significantly. There is nothing that can be done about it, unfortunately.
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