How do I read the WHOIS record?

When you look at your WHOIS record, like this sample:
Registrant:
3TEC.COM Hosting (3TEC-DOM)
8th Floor, 272 Roosevelt Road Section 3
Taipei City, Taipei 10090
TW


Domain Name: 3TEC.COM


Administrative Contact:
Domain Administrator (DA9885-ORG)
3TEC.COM Hosting
8th Floor, 272 Roosevelt Road Section 3
Taipei City, Taipei 10090
TW
02-8773-7079
Technical Contact:
Domain Administrator (DA9885-ORG)
3TEC.COM Hosting
8th Floor, 272 Roosevelt Road Section 3
Taipei City, Taipei 10090
TW
02-8773-7079
Billing Contact:
Billing Department (BD1827-ORG)
3TEC.COM Hosting
8th Floor, 272 Roosevelt Road Section 3
Taipei City, Taipei 10090
TW
02-8773-7079


Record last updated on 22-May-2000.
Record expires on 31-Aug-2009.
Record created on 31-Aug-1998.
Database last updated on 5-Dec-2000 07:40:17 EST.


Domain servers in listed order:


NS1.3TEC.COM 64.26.147.2
NS2.3TEC.COM 209.216.96.197

 

The three character strings, 3TEC-COM, DA9885-ORG, and BD1827-ORG are called NIC handles. They are basically key words used by NIC's whois database search software for locating information related to them quickly. As for the two terms, Administrative Contact and Technical Contact/Zone Contact, we will borrow NIC's own definitions The administrative contact is the person who can speak on behalf of the organization listed in Section 3. This person should be able to answer non-technical questions about the organization's plans for the name, and procedures for establishing sub-domains, and should be able to represent the organization regarding use of the name. The technical contact is the person who tends to the technical aspects of maintaining the domain's name server, resolver software, and database files. This person keeps the name server running, and interacts with technical people in other domains to solve problems that affect the domain. The Internet Service Provider often performs this role. Nowadays, newer whois records always have a billing contact too, which in most cases is the same as the administrative contact, and is the one who is responsible to pay Tritech for the annual domain name maintenance fee.