Wondering how to find the publisher of a website? See the main methods and tools that you can use to explore this information.
Finding a publisher of a website involves looking at the right places on the website. Most reputed websites clearly mention the name of the publishing organisation in the footer and the author of the content towards the end of the article on each of their pages.
For Websites, generally, the publisher is the author of the post or page that you are viewing or the organisation that is behind the website. You should see this information either below the post/page or in the footer of the website.
If it’s not immediately clear, there are certain places that you can explore to establish the publisher of a website. You can also make use of certain website tools to research other details of the website publisher and also find out the owner of the website.
See this complete guide if you are looking to find the author of a website for academic purposes and tips on how to cite without the author’s information.
In this guide, we will look at some of the methods that you can use to find the publisher of a website you are interested in.
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Why Find the Publisher of a Website?
You might be looking to a publisher of a website for a variety of reasons. Let’s quickly outline the main reasons why people are interested in finding the publishers of a certain website.
Business Reasons: You might be looking to do some business with the website and want to find out the main publisher or owner behind the website.
Academic Reasons: You might be looking to find the publisher of a website for referencing or correct citations in your academic essays.
(For academic purposes, you can use automatic citation generators such as QuillBot to help you cite including the author/publisher in the right format)
Abuse Reasons: You might be looking to find the publisher of a website to complain about certain content, abuse of your intellectual property such as trademark or copyright.
Whether you are looking to get in touch with the publisher to contribute content or get something removed, or for any other business, these tips might be helpful to you.
Five Main Ways to Find the Publisher of a Website
Here are some of the main tools and methods that you can explore to find out the publisher details of a website or the author details of a specific website article.
1. Check out the Copyright notice in the Footer
The most obvious place to look for the website publisher or the organisation behind the website is to see the copyright information in the footer of the website.
Most reputable websites include a copyright notice with their publisher information in the footer which is at the bottom of all pages of the website.
If you need to cite this website publisher for academic purposes, you can include it as the name of the organisation affiliated with the website following the author’s name and the title of the website in the required citation format.
2. Check out About, Team, and Contact Us Pages
Start by looking at some of the key pages of a website.
The About and Contact Us pages might be an obvious place to look. Most websites have some sort of about page where they mention the details of the publisher, owner and more.
You might also want to see if they have any similar pages such as “our story” which is common for eCommerce websites.
Websites with a bigger presence have a dedicated page about their team where they mention details about the publishers, editors, and authors responsible for the website.
The contact page can be a key page in establishing and getting in touch with the publisher of a website. Most contact pages either have a contact form, email address or other contact details that you can use to get in touch with them. You can also contact them to find out about the author of a certain article or post if that’s what you are looking for.
If you don’t immediately see these key pages linked from their main menu on the website, look at the footer of the website or try navigating to /about or /contact manually to see if those pages exist on the website.
3. Check Official Whois Information about a Website
The Whois tool offered by most domain registrars helps us reveal the domain name registration records. I recommend using the official ICANN’s (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Whois tool which is available for free and doesn’t require you to sign up for anything.
- Go to the ICANN Whois Look up tool page.
- Enter the domain name of the website you are interested in and click on Lookup to reveal the details.
The Whois information can be useful to reveal details about the publisher. Under the contact information section, look for details of the registrant, tech and admin.
ICANN requires website owners to keep this information updated and you should be able to see contact details of who to get in touch with if you are exploring this information relating to any kind of abuse.
Website publishers, however, often use a domain privacy feature to hide most of the contact information from the public. If the information isn’t fully redacted, check to see if the email in the contact information section actually works.
4. Check out the Legal pages of a Website
There are certain legal pages where publishers disclose official information about the company and their operations.
The Terms and Conditions is one such prominent page on any publisher website where they include details of their official company registration.
Privacy and Cookie pages are some other important pages where publishers have to legally disclose their policies and offer ways for users to get in touch.
Look for these important legal pages on the publisher’s website:
- Terms of service
- Refund policy / Shipping policy (eCommerce Websites)
5. Look at the Author Bio Section
For most WordPress websites and blogs, publishers follow a standardised format in mentioning the author details of a certain page or blogpost.
Most WordPress blogs have a section towards the end of the post or a page to include the author’s details.
You can also be lucky to find social media links of those authors or publishers that you can use to contact them.
6. Look at the Social Media presence of a website publisher
Most websites these days have multiple forms of social media presence.
First check to see if Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages of the brand or the publisher exist. You can use several detective techniques on these pages even when the information isn’t explicitly mentioned.
For example, you can check to see who their employees are on LinkedIn and other people that mention the publisher the brand or the website name on their profiles with any kind of connection.
Facebook also has a dedicated ‘about’ section where it constantly urges publishers to keep their information up-to-date. You can also find verified email addresses or contact information on this ‘about’ section of their pages.
As for Twitter, check to see if they mention any specific people that maintain the profile in their bio. Continue exploring their tweets and see if they mention the handle of their author when they have tweeted certain articles or posts from their page.
Citing Website Publisher / Author Information
If you are researching the author or publisher of the website to cite them in your academic works, you can also make use of citation tools that could automatically pick up that information and help you create the right citation format.
I recommend using the popular online citation tool, Quillbot, to help generate citations in the right format for the websites.
You can enter the URL of the website that you want to cite and choose the citation style necessary from the list of styles to quickly generate the citation in the right format (see screenshot above).
The tool will show a missing information warning if it cannot fill in important details such as the author information and that’s when you can try finding the information with the above-listed methods.
While there aren’t specifically any website publisher finders, you can use such citation tools that can pull in the right information and could act as some sort of author finder for websites.
Summary and FAQs – Finding Website Publisher Information
In Summary, you need to look at the right places to establish the owner and find the publisher of a website. Sometimes it can be as simple as checking out the obvious pages on a credible website.
Here are some of the basic FAQs about finding website publisher information to help you quickly look in the right direction.
How do you find the publisher of a website?
Check out certain pages such as About, Contact, Our Team, including the legal pages of the website to get the details about the publisher, author and the company behind the website.
Where do you find the author or publisher details on a website?
If you are specifically interested in the details of the author, check to see if there’s a bio section, usually towards the end of an article. You can also contact using any other details on the website to find out about the author of that specific article.
How to find the webmaster information of a website publisher?
You can use the Whois tool from the official ICANN website to look for clues from the registrant’s contact details. This can, however, be hidden with privacy registrations and you will only see options to contact the registrar for abuse cases.
How to find the publisher of an online article?
You can also find the publisher of an online article mentioned most likely in the site’s footer or sidebar. You can also search for the publisher’s contact information on the page.
How do you know who the publisher of a website is?
The publisher of a website is generally the organization or individual who created the website.
How to know the author of a website?
The best way to know the author of a website is to look around the footer or towards the end of individual articles or blog posts.
I hope you are able to explore some of the ways above in finding the publisher of a website you’re looking for.
If you have any additional tips and helpful suggestions, feel free to mention them in the comments below.