Configuring IO Domains in Watch My Domains Mac

Do you have trouble extracting the relevant information for IO domains in Watch My Domains Mac?

The correct whois server for IO domains is

You will also need to configure the parse table for IO to the following:

Expiry=>Expiry Date
NS 1=>Name Server
NS 2=>Name Server
NS 3=>Name Server
NS 4=>Name Server
Owner Name=>Owner


Please see the screen-shot below.

IO TLD setup in Watch My Domains


Expiry Date Problem for ORG & INFO Domains

Update: Instead of this manual fix, you may also just update your installation to the latest build. If you are running the latest major version, just download the latest build and install over your existing installation.

If you are running an older version of Watch My Domains Pro/ISP or Domain Punch Pro you will have to do the manual fix mentioned below (you may also consider obtaining an upgrade).

The registry expiry dates for .ORG and INFO domains may appear blank in the various Windows versions of our domain management software tools. This is because of some recent changes in the ORG / INFO whois output and can be easily fixed with a manual configuration change.

Right click on any .ORG / .INFO domain and select…

“Whois Setup > Basic Whois Settings”

Then enter

Registry Expiry Date:

as the Expiry Date Token.  Then redo the lookups or use the “Whois Setup > Parse Registry Whois” option from the right click menu.

Please see the screen shots below.

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 by default. This has recently stopped working.

The correct whois server for PRO domains is now 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:

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

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.