How to Find Out Who Made a Website

By Aaron Parson

While many websites list their creators, designers and owners directly, others contain anonymous writing or have authors listed by pseudonyms. This makes it harder to accurately cite a Web page, figure out if an author has expertise on the topic at hand or contact a designer to build a site for you. Even when you can't find this information on the page itself, it might lie hidden in the site's code or be available in a database online.

Finding Credits on the Site

Some sites, such as many blogs and news sources, provide bylines at the top of every article. Less formal sites and those written by a single author may skip this credit, but still claim ownership of the content elsewhere. Scroll to the very bottom of a page and check whether the site has a copyright listed, which might provide the owner's name or a designer's credit. If not, look for a link to an "About" page. Some sites also mention ownership in a "Terms of Service" page, often linked at the bottom of a site.

Checking the Source

You can view the source code of any website by pressing "Control-U" in most major Web browsers. Sometimes a Web designer will include his name and copyright in the code in a comment, which prevents it from appearing on the actual page. In HTML, comment lines start with "