There are a number of scripts and services that check if a website is up and running. However, checking if a web application is fully functional is not exactly the same as testing if a web page is up. Web applications may still show it’s interface even if there are errors that are then displayed elsewhere.
You can easily verify if an installation of Watch My Domains SED v4 is fully functional by checking if it’s testpad.php page returns a
You can add https://<yourinstallpath>/testpad.php to any monitoring script and look for the above response to monitor the application’s status.
The Registration Data Access Protocol, or RDAP, is soon going to replace the traditional port 43 Whois. Once RDAP has been deployed, ICANN no longer requires gTLD registries to provide a port 43 whois service. However, most registries are expected to do this in a phased manner .
All the current versions of our software products will be updated before the end of the year to support RDAP.
What this means
Are you using older (major) versions of the software? Once the registries and registrars fully transition to the RDAP and abandon the port 43 Whois, you will no longer be able to retrieve domain related information using your version of the software.
To be able to continue using the software you will have to purchase an upgrade to the latest major version.
The transition to RDAP will not affect the domains that are managed using registrar APIs.
When will this happen?
Registries and registrars are likely to begin providing more information about their plans to phase out the port 43 service in due course. This will happen after the current Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) are amended. As per an ICANN blog post negotiations have been initiated to begin this process and to define a coordinated transition from the WHOIS protocol to RDAP.
You can very easily download data in CSV format from Watch My Domains SED v4. The download options are available for both domain and report tables. Please see the screen shot below.
The download can be scheduled as a background task when the number of rows is more than 5000. You can select the rows and columns that appear in the download. You may also specify the column delimiter (between comma, semicolon and tab).
You may need to use the data import option in Excel to open the downloaded file in Excel.