How to Find the Publisher of a Website


There is a lot of valuable information on the internet, but it’s not always easy to find the sources of that information. Have you ever come across a website and wanted to know who published it? Maybe you want to send them feedback, or even just give them a compliment. In any case, finding the publisher of a website or learning when was the website last updated can be tricky – but it’s not impossible. This guide will show you how to track down a website’s publisher information using a variety of methods.

1. Copyright Notice in the Footer

When looking for the publisher of a website, the footer is a good place to start. This is because publishers often include their name, contact information, and publication date in the footer. By starting with the footer, you can save yourself time and effort in your search. Many website designers also add their credits in the footer.

2. About or Contact Pages

Most reputable websites will have an about us page that contains information on the site’s history, mission, and contact information. If there isn’t an about page, you can try looking for legal pages or a contact us page. Many sites will also have a contact page with information on how to reach the site’s creator or publisher and other contact details such as their address and verified email addresses. This method isn’t foolproof, as not all websites will have a contact page.

3. Whois Database

Another way to find out who created a website is to do a Whois information lookup. To do this, you’ll need to go to a Whois database website and enter the URL of the site you’re interested in. The Whois database will then show you the contact information for the domain name’s registrant, which is usually the owner or creator of the website.

The Whois tool information is very useful because it tells you details about the publisher of a website. The contact information section has the registrant, tech and admin’s registration information.

ICANN requires website owners to keep this information updated, but some website publishers use a domain privacy feature to hide their contact information from the public. If the information is not fully updated, check to see if the email in the contact information section actually works.

4. Social Media Presence

Looking at a company’s social media presence is a great way to find the website publisher. By taking a look at their platforms, you can get a better understanding of who is behind the scenes.

The first thing you should do when looking for evidence of a brand or publisher on social media is checking their Facebook page, Twitter and LinkedIn web pages. You can use several techniques in order find information even if it isn’t explicitly mentioned by viewing these sites with an eye towards spotting anything that might be related – this could include posts from employees about what they do at work every day.

5. Author Bio Section

Most articles will display the author of the article at the top of the article. Most WordPress websites have a small section towards the beginning or end of the post or a page to include the author’s details. You may learn more about the author of the article by checking out links to their various social media platforms.

Final Thoughts

Identifying the publisher of a website can be a helpful way to gather more information on the company or individual behind it. By taking the time to research and identify the publisher details of a website, you can gain valuable insights into the company or individual behind it. This information can help you decide whether or not to do business with them, and if they are a legitimate source of information. If you’re having trouble finding this information yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out to the website directly for more details. If you need more advice on how to find the publisher of a website, reach out to us for more help.

Chris Granat

Chris Granat

Chris is the founder and lead web designer at Flamingo Agency, a Chicago web design firm.