We are currently developing a series of online tools to research domain names and TLDs.
Here is a new free web tool to compare the growth of different new gTLDs (and older ccTLDs/TLDs) in the Alexa million list over time. Data is available from August 2014.
You can use it to see how the new global TLDs are growing based on active sites that make an appearance in the Alexa top million list. Alexa is not really accurate but it does provide a way to track sites that have some visibility.
Interested in knowing which new global TLD sites are popular? Here is a free online tool that lists new gTLD sites that are within the top 100,000 Alexa sites.
You can click on any column header to sort the data in ascending or descending order. You can also list the sites for only a specified TLD by entering the gTLD into the filter box at top. The data is updated daily.
The Alexa rank displayed in the table will be different from the rank shown in the Alexa toolbar. This is because we use the daily updated, one month average rank. The toolbar shows the rank averaged over 3 months.
Here is a free online tool to research the popularity of new or old TLDs, ccTLDs and IDNs.
We took the Alexa top million site list and then created an interface that will allow you make queries and find sites based on the rank, TLDs, strings in the domain name, Non-ASCII characters in domain names (International Domain Names).
You can use it to list all the sites that use a specific TLD (like Guru, Tools, Today, COM, US, UK, etc). You can also easily find which .GURU site ranks best, how many .TODAY sites are in the top million etc.
You can search for domains that have a specific string. For example, type in “ideas” to find all domains that have the word “ideas” in them.
Here is a list of new gTLDs that can be registered for personal / business use (as of March 12, 2014)
Domains Limo Shoes Company Cab
Recipes Diamonds Voyage Enterprises Tips Photos Careers
Technology Construction Contractors Directory Kitchen Land Today
Camera Equipment Estate Photography Gallery Graphics Lighting
Ventures Singles Bike Clothing Guru Plumbing Holdings
All our domain name portfolio software products already support these new gTLDs.
Here is a new whois lookup tool that will support the new gTLDs (like guru, technology, bike, etc) and IDNs.
It should automatically work even for future gTLDs as they become available.
You can easily make all our Domain Name Management Software products support for the new gTLDs as they become available.
As an example, here is how to add support for .Guru.
- Click the ‘Whois Config’ ribbon-bar button. This is normally under the ‘Config’ tab in Domain Punch Pro and Watch My Domains ISP.
- Add Guru to the TLD list and set it’s whois server to
- Set the Search Token to
Domain not found
- Click OK
Please note that we have already updated Domain Punch Pro and Watch My Domains Pro to support the new gTLDs from Donuts Inc. So you need not do the above manual configuration if you download the latest builds. The other products will be updated within the next few days.
Update: The problem seems to have been fixed.
Whois lookups from the verisign registry is behaving strange right now. Lookups for many domain names show up with a
No match for domain ….
If the lookup is repeated again, it returns the valid data.
This happens with the port 43 whois and on Verisign’s own web interface. Here are two screen grabs
Currently the only solution is to sort the domains and do a lookup again on domains that show up as “free”.
Hopefully, this will get fixed very soon.
Some registries support high speed domain availability lookups. These are are not rigorously monitored for high volume (ab)use. The downside is that these whois lookups are suitable only for domain availability checks.
You can configure all of our domain name management / search software tools to make use of the high speed availability lookups.
The above screen-shot shows the configuration required for AU domain lookups. Please remember to change these back to normal settings if you want to do regular whois settings. So, it is a good idea to note down the earlier settings before you make any changes.
You can adjust the ‘max connections’ and ‘connection interval’ so that the lookups occur at higher speeds.
The following articles explain the settings in more detail.