Can I find out where a website was hosted a couple of years ago?

Posted on 2011-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Good Afternoon,

This one is out of left field. I didn't even know where to post it :-)

I have a client who had an inhouse IT person that left in a kind of rush about 2 years ago and I took over the site in a shambolic state.

The client had a forum setup for its clents and that wasn't working when I took over. I had to renew the domain name and setup a new forum which is working quite well.

My question is, is it at all possible to get a clue to where the original site was hosted as they want to, if at all possible, get back the user list from the old forum as it was quite substantial. We are hoping (with little expectaion) that if we could find it, they may have a backup of the database.


Question by:gezzam
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by:Ernie Beek
ID: 36535339
So I assume nothing was documented?
The only thing that comes to mind is:
If the site was hosted I assume they had to pay for that. Perhaps going over the bills from that period might give you a clue?

Author Comment

ID: 36535351
Nope, nothing was documented. It's been a challenge over the past 2 years, but most things are working well. That is a good idea though, I'll try that.
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by:Ernie Beek
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One other thing that came to mind: did that IT person have an email account over there and is it still available? You could dig through that as well to try and find any references.

Good luck!
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Author Comment

ID: 36535376
Tried that, I found the old PST file and searched for "forum" and "hosting"

Got nothing :-(
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by:Ernie Beek
ID: 36535384
How about "site", "website" or the (old) domain name?

Author Comment

ID: 36535419
Nope, none there either...

As I though, lost cause...the bills might work though

Thanks for the idea
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Ernie Beek earned 500 total points
ID: 36535460
You're welcome, let me know how it turns out. I'll do some more brainstorming in the meantime.

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ID: 36558102
We found the bils and the web hosting company..

No luck with backups though :-(

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