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how can I determine the geographical region of a website based upon its domain name address?

Posted on 2016-10-07
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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

             I am wondering how to determine the geographical location of a website based upon it domain name address.

             Thank you.

            George
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only based on hostname you cannot determine geo location.
you can determine it based on IP. And it´s quite easy to get IP from hostname - just ping it (ping www.google.com) and you will get hostname translated to IP. Then you can check for IP geo location, e.g. here

Or you can use some addons in your web browser so you every time can see the go location, I am attaching snapshot from my Mozilla Firefox and geotool addon named Flagfox
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Hi George,

I use IP Location:
https://www.iplocation.net/

You may search on IPv4, IPv6, and Domain Name. When you give it a Domain Name, it shows the IP address that it found. For example, here are the results from entering https://www.experts-exchange.com/

You've entered a domain name. We've found an IP address from the domain name you've entered. Your translated IP address is 104.20.70.216

It then shows the geolocation data from several different databases. Seems to work well, but I don't know if it gets it right every time. Regards, Joe
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I don't know what you're really looking for but the 'geographical location of a website' will be based on the hosting company and not the owner of the site.  I am responsible for sites that are located on servers all around the US.
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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

          I found the suggestions given by helpfinder and Joe to be easy to use in determining the geographical location of a hosting company of any domain name address.   Both were tried out and found to be accurate.

          On a side note, I want to add that Dave brought up a good point about the importance of understanding that IP location online tools provide the geographical location of the hosting company and not of the individual who owns the site or sites.  

          Thanks everyone for the excellent feedback given to this question.  As always, much insight was obtained from participating in the provided suggestions.  

          George
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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You're welcome, George, and thanks to you for the feedback that the results you received were accurate — very good to know! Regards, Joe
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