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How to identify and contact the administrator of a web siteBefore attempting to contact the administrator of a system, bear in mind that their systems typically serve many users and they may receive large volumes of queries like yours, plus many more spam messages that are sent to their contact addresses by software that harvests their addresses from the sources described below. For your contact to succeed, it should be immediately clear to the administrator
Website contactsThere is usually an email address through which you can contact the administrator of a web site. Many web sites provide a “Contact Us” page through which you can contact the administrator, and the main page of the site usually links to that page, often through fine print at the bottom of the page or through an “About Us” section.
If you can't find an administrator's contact details on the web site, you can try a typical administrator address which has the form username@domain, e.g.
Domain name registrationFor each domain name, there is a “Registrant”, “Administrative Contact” and “Technical Contact”. The names and contact details for these contacts are stored in the “whois” database, which can be accessed online: whois.
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Domain name authorityThe Domain Name System will hold a “Start Of Authority” (SOA) record for each domain name which provides the email address of the administrator of a DNS zone. You could try contacting the administrator for the zone that includes the domain that you are trying to access.
With Microsoft Windows, open a Command Prompt and use the name server lookup (
Note that the left-most dot in the email address should be replaced with the normal email @ symbol, i.e.
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