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how can I find who is hosting a website

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A friend of mine had her website prepared by other people, the other people have F&%#$@ off, it was great for a while but now it stopped working. I thought maybe she just didn't pay for domain renewal or something so I used www.dnsstuf.com to find her domain registrant. that much is ok... but even though the registrant is a hosting company it appears the site is not hosted there. How can I find the hosting company?
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Sam PanwarSr. Server Administrator

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Can you provide your domain name for which you are looking.

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I don't see why not... www.thehotwok.com
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how did you find that information?
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It is a matter of searching backwards.

Do a "whois" on the domain - in your case "thehotwok.com" - that tells you who the registrar of note is and what the nameservers are for that domain - using that information you can trace back to the original hosting company. It is mostly a matter of knowing what to look for.

In your case I think you will need to find a new hosting company (actually GoDaddy offers very reasonable hosting packages and it will be easy for you - or your friend - to set it all up with them) provided you have a copy of the website as it was. If you do not have a copy you can get most of the site from the Google cache:

Home Page
http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:x0HI0QNH1_oJ:www.thehotwok.com/index.html+%22thehotwok.com%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1

Thai Course A
http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:bVXse9rkzaMJ:www.thehotwok.com/page1/page1.html+%22thehotwok.com%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2

Thai Course B
http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:DXJNsHljNp4J:www.thehotwok.com/page2/page2.html+%22thehotwok.com%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3

Sushi Course
http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:Nqr2Z4i7u4QJ:www.thehotwok.com/page4/page4.html+%22thehotwok.com%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4

Chinese & Japanese Course
http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:GlsGEXX5yAwJ:www.thehotwok.com/page3/page3.html+%22thehotwok.com%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5

Unfortunately all of the style sheets and images are not available - but again there are ways these could be found in various caches around the net.

If you need more help just post back here

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ya... I've told the owner of the site to contact the hosting company, Advance Web Service, but since she was not the original contact I doubt they'll be much help... I've saved the content from Google cache locally where can I find additional content?
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There is a site that stores web pages as it crawls/spiders - called the WayBack Machine - also known as the Internet Arcive:

http://www.archive.org/index.php

However I couldn't find anything there for your domain on a quick look - you might have better luck.

Additionally - depending on when the site when down and the size of your own browser cache - you might have some of the visuals, css and javascript files on your PC in the Internet History files.

Other than that you are pretty much out of luck.
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