Track New Domains That Contain Trademarks or Keywords

Watch My Domains SED v4 Professional Edition supports monitoring for new domains that contain specific keywords.

This simply involves entering two extra API keys that are available to Professional Edition users and then specifying the keywords you want to monitor.

You can use % to specify keyword position. For example, enter %apple to monitor domains ending in apple, apple to monitor domains that contain apple and apple% to find domains that start with apple.

A daily report will be created and emailed to specified address. You can also view the data on screen or add it to the application domain list.

Creating Users in Watch My Domains SED v4

Watch My Domains SED v4 (beta) has a number of additional options for user administration that are not available in the current version 3.

(The user administration features are available only in standard edition and above)

Allow All Categories

One of the problems in version 3 was that the domain categories had to be individually enabled for each user. The new version has an extra user rights option to enable access to all categories for a user. If you set this option on for any user he/she will have access to all categories including ones that will be created in future.

This option is different from giving the user access to all existing categories by checking the corresponding category name boxes in the ‘categories’ list.

Access Levels

Access levels allow you to prevent certain users from ever accessing data from specific columns. For example, only users who have access level of 5 and above will be able to access columns that have access level 5. It is better to set all your users to access level 0 (minimum access level) by default.

Other Options

In addition to the above features there are extra user right flags that allow users to download data, make changes to UI, trigger lookups, allow editing categories / auto queries etc.

Watch My Domains SED v4 and User Access Levels

Did you know that you can precisely control which columns a user can view in Watch My Domains SED v4 ?

You can specify an access level (from 0-8) to every domain data column in Watch My Domains SED v4. You can also specify an access level to every user. Columns with level-0 can be accessed by all users, but columns with higher access levels can only be accessed by users with the same or higher access levels.

All administrative users have a default access level of 24, which means they can access all columns. It is possible to use the API to expand the access levels to 32 instead of the default 0-8 supported by the user administration interface.

Watch My Domains SED v4, Command Line Tool

Watch My Domains SED v4 includes a command line tool that can be used to manage the database, check email settings and reports etc. This will be expanded in future to include additional features.

The tool is available as sed.php in the root folder. Run

php sed.php

to see the available options.

For example,

php sed.php list=tables

will list all the tables in the database.

php sed.php mailtest=contact@example.com

will run an email test if you have configured the email settings in the interface.

DNS Monitoring in Watch My Domains SED v4

The new Watch My Domains SED v4 (currently in beta) has a number of new options that make DNS monitoring of your domains and hosts very easy.

You can enable DNS monitoring and alerts from the settings panel. You can also specify alternate name servers to use for DNS checks.

If your DNS provider supports zone transfers (AXFR) you can use it to get the DNS data directly from your provider. Please see DNS Monitoring using AXFR.

Reports in Watch My Domains SED v4

The reports module in new Watch My Domains SED v4 (currently beta) allows you to combine domain data columns, DNS records and SSL data into the same table, sort them in any order you want and then create HTML and CSV reports.

Watch My Domains SED has a set of important reports already pre-configured. You can create any number of additional reports on your own using the administration module.

Creating and Configuring Reports (Admin Module)

You can download Watch My Domains SED v4 beta from here. A user guide (under development) is also available. This is being updated.

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Status Report: Watch My Domains SED v4

The first public beta version will be available for download on February 27, 2018

It has been a while since we announced our plans to release Watch My Domains SED v4. Our original plan was to release it in late 2018. Unfortunately we didn’t account for the large number of tests we had to do on a version that is around 3-4 times bigger.

Version 4 has an extremely large number of new features, add to this the code rewrites and we are left with a huge number of unit, integration, system and user interface tests. We also decided to create a comprehensive Application Programming Interface and use only the API for the user interface. This required even more tests.

We also revised some user interface elements after obtaining feedback from some of our corporate customers.

The good news is that we are extremely happy with how this version is shaping up and we hope to have the first release candidate ready by the third week of January.

What’s New in V4

Here are some of the important improvements:

  • Support for multiple database back-ends (Oracle, MS SQL, MySQL, SQLite)
  • Support for importing and Looking up Domains using registrar APIs (GoDaddy, Namecheap, Dynadot, etc.)
  • Support for Importing Data from DNS Providers like DNSMadeEasy
  • Control over who can see each data column. You can now define access levels for each data column and specify which user can view the columns.
  • Full control over lookup and report scheduling from the user interface. There is no need to add additional cron-jobs to control lookups or generate reports.
  • Create Reports in HTML, PDF or CSV formats.
  • Complete control over color schemes and fonts.
  • Vastly improved user interface.
  • Multiple authentication options including SAML / SSO.

Here are some screen shots.

Oracle and MS SQL Server Support in Watch My Domains Server / Cloud Edition

We will be adding Oracle, MS SQL and PostgreSQL database support in Watch My Domains SED very soon. Currently Watch My Domains SED supports only MySQL / MariaDB.

This may be a good time to upgrade to the latest version 3, if you are using version 2 or purchase the latest version if you are planning to do so in the near future because there could be some price revisions after the changes.

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Preserve Historical Whois Data in Watch My Domains SED / Cloud

Watch My Domains SED will normally overwrite the previous whois data in the database with the new one  when a new lookup is performed. However, it is possible to preserve the old data. To do this add the following to the config.php file.

$config_data['enable_data_history'] = "whois";

Make sure that you have the latest build.

After you do this, the whois data will be logged along with the time-stamp to the history data table in the database. Both registrar and registry whois are saved. You can then use the Details tab in the lower pane to access the old whois records.