How to Extract Data into Custom Columns in Watch My Domains Server / Cloud Edition

Watch My Domains SED supports unlimited number of custom data columns.  You can also automatically extract data into these columns after a whois lookup.

Global Extraction Tokens

Global extraction tokens are strings present in raw whois text that identify the data you want to extract. You should first identify the extract string tokens that you want to use. You can find more details here.

If the raw whois contains

Registrant Organization: ABCD Inc

and you want to extract ABCD Inc into a custom column called Registrant Org, you will need to create global tokens similar to

[*]=>*
Registrant Organization:=>registrant_org

(The database field for Registrant Org will be registrant_org. You can convert column names to field names by making everything lowercase and replacing blank spaces with underscore).

The first line

[*]=>*

is always needed to load the default parse table. 

To add global extraction tokens, click the ‘Whois Setup’ button in the sidebar and open the ‘Extraction’ tab. Type in * as the whois server and click ‘Go’.  Then specify the extraction tokens and click ‘Submit Changes’.

Global Extraction Tokens

PRO Domains Whois Setup

In almost all our domain name related software products, the Whois Server for PRO domains is set to whois.registrypro.pro by default. This has recently stopped working.

The correct whois server for PRO domains is now whois.afilas.net and the search token for unregistered domains is “NOT FOUND“. You can manually make the required changes by right clicking on any PRO domain and selecting “Whois Setup > Basic Whois Settings” in Windows desktop versions or “Registry Whois Setup” in the Mac OS X version.

Whois Server: whois.afilias.net

Search Token: NOT FOUND.

PRO domain whois setup

Use an External DNS Server for Domain IP Checks

You can now specify an external DNS server for use while doing the “DNS checks” in our popular Domain Name Management applications (Domain Punch Pro and Watch My Domains ISP).

This is useful if your internal network remaps domains to local sites causing the software to report incorrect IP addresses for the domains. You can use the default OpenDNS server addresses  (208.67.222.222) or the Google DNS (8.8.8.8).  This is applicable only for finding the IP addresses each domain resolves to.

Use the ‘App Settings’ dialog to enable this. Please see the screen shot below.

Alternate DNS Server setting

Which Domain Name Software Product Should You Buy?

We have a large number of software products related to domain names and domain name management. So we often get asked questions about what product to buy or if there is a single product that does everything.

There is no single product you can buy, however our products fall into three distinct categories.

If you want to search and filter deleted domain lists from different providers use Domain Name Filter Pro. This will allow you to find good domain names from large lists. You can even import various drop and deletion lists with a single click from within the software. Domain Name Filter Pro is available only for Windows.

If you want to create domain names from keywords and alpha-numeric templates and then check for availability use Domain Name Analyzer Pro (Windows only). Mac OS X users can use Watch My Domains for Mac.

If you want to manage your domain name portfolio and keep track of expiry dates, name servers and a lot of other stuff use one of the domain name portfolio management software products.  You can use our handy comparison table to find a suitable domain management solution.

There are some bundle offers too.

Domain Name Portfolio Management

Did you know that there is a free version of Watch My Domains?

Most people and companies don’t register hundreds or thousands of domain names. So we often get emails from people who have five to ten domain names asking if there is a free domain name management solution. The answer is Yes.

We had released Watch My Domains Basic more than an year ago. It is a fully featured version of the Watch My Domains Pro for windows except that it supports only up to 20 domain names. There is no catch, it is completely free to use.

Click here to download Watch My Domains Basic Edition

Watch My Domains Basic Edition