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

The TLD Table, Whois Servers and More

Most of our domain name management software products are capable of auto configuring to support new global top level domains. However, we often get asked about whois servers for specific TLDs.

We have created a table of almost all TLDs along with whois server and other information. This data is updated daily. You can also search, sort and copy data from the table.

Click here to see the Top Level Domain (TLD) table.

the top level domain (tld) table

What is Domain-Pad in Domain Punch Pro and Other Desktop Software?

Domain Punch Pro and other Windows desktop software products for domain name portfolio management include a domain-pad option.  So what is it really for?

There may be times when you just want to remember a list of domain names without actually adding them to your portfolio or doing the regular whois lookups.

The domain scratch pad (also known as Domain Pad) is an option to hold a set of domain names separate from your portfolio.  These domain names will not have any lookup options (it is just a scratch pad).

One example use would be domains you let go and decided not to renew. You can right click in your portfolio list and use the export option to send them to “Domain pad”. After that you an delete them from your portfolio. The “domain pad” will still hold the domains without future lookups.

Domain-pad panel in Domain Punch Pro

Email Alerts to Gmail in Domain Punch Pro and Watch My Domains ISP

If you are trying to use the email alerts option in Domain Punch Pro and or Watch My Domains ISP and have a hard time getting your emails to Gmail work, you may have enabled the 2-step verification at Google.

The following settings will normally work for Gmail. If you have enabled 2-step verification at Google, please make sure that you generate a password at

https://security.google.com/settings/security/apppasswords?pli=1

and then use that password. Your normal web password will not work.

Gmail and Email Alerts

Domain Categories in Watch My Domains SED

Watch My Domains SED, the server/cloud version of our domain name management products, supports categorizing domains into groups. We get quite a few questions regarding this, so here are some tips to help you with domain categories.

  • Use the add/delete/edit buttons at the foot of the category grid (category toolbar) to add, delete or rename categories.
  • Use the up/down buttons in the category toolbar to reorder the categories in the list.
  • You can quickly see all the categories a specific domain belongs to by selecting the domain in the main table. The categories of that domain will be highlighted in the category table.
  • Use the ‘Bulk Action’ tool to add or remove a group of domains from any category.
  • You can select an entry in the category table and then use the ‘Add Domains’ or ‘Import Domains’ button to add a set of domains. This will add the domains to the selected category. You can do this even if some or all of the domains are already in the database.

Domain Categories in Watch My Domains SED / Cloud Edition

Bulk Actions on Random Domain sets

You can use a temporary category to do bulk actions on a set of domains you have in a text file. For example, you want to add a note to 100 random domains (you have the domain names in a text file). Here is how to do it…

Create a new Category called say “workpad” (or whatever unique name you want). This is a temporary category that will be used only for tasks like this. You need to do this only once.

Any time you want to do bulk operations on a set of domains, do the following…

  1. Click on “workpad” in the category list at left. This will select that category.
  2. Have your list of names in a text file or in Clipboard.
  3. Click the “Add Domains” button and paste the 100 domains into the box. Check both the “Add the above domains to category “workpad’” box and “Empty Category ‘workpad’ before adding the domains”. Click OK. Even if your 100 domains are already in the portfolio there will be no problem. The domains will be just added to the “workpad” category. If any of these domains also belonged to another category it will not be affected (they will still belong to those categories along with “workpad”).
  4. Do whatever bulk operations you want. It will affect the 100 domains in “workpad”. You can attach notes or move them to another category etc.

 

How to Periodically Update Domain Records in Watch My Domains SED

This is a question we often get asked. The answer is simple, run the makeq.php script as a cron job.

Here is a simple cron entry that will start an update of your domain records every Sunday at midnight.

0 0 * * 0 php /home/wmysed/makeq.php d=6 w=dw >/dev/null 2>&1

(Replace /home/wmysed/ with your actual installation path)

You can find more details about the makeq script here. There are a lot more options available when using it.

If you don’t understand cron jobs or don’t want to do this yourself, please contact us and we will do it for you at no extra cost.

Watch My Domains SED

 

New Whois Setup for WS Domains

WS domains will require a new whois setup because of some recent changes. We have released updated versions of Watch My Domains (Pro and ISP) and Domain Punch Pro for Windows. However, you will need to manually change the whois server for .WS domains to

whois.website.ws

in all versions of the software already installed in your systems.

Here are some screen-shots showing the settings in Mac OS X version of Watch My Domains.

WS Whois Server Setup

Whois Parser for whois.website.ws

and here is a screen-shot showing the same for the server edition.

WS whois server setup