Watch My Domains SED

Status Report: Watch My Domains SED v4

The first release candidate to be ready by the third week of January 2nd Week of February

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.

 

 

Daily Historical Domain Zone Data

We have updated our tool that displays the daily / historical domain data from zone files. You can now view the daily data for previous days starting from December 11 2017 or see the combined data for the last seven days. You can also select between added domains and deleted domains.

You can use the tool to find domains that are probably being registered for phishing or domains that may contain your trademarks.

Please don’t contact us for any domain lists. This is simply an open, free statistical tool to monitor zone deletions & additions, we don’t process this information or provide any additional data other than what is already available at this site.

 

Addition to the zone file doesn’t always mean that the domain was registered recently. Depending on the registry, domain names are removed from or added to zone for reasons like lack of name servers & status change. Similarly, being present in the deleted list doesn’t mean that the domain is or will be available for registration.

Watch My Domains SED updated, has PHP 7.1 support

We have updated Watch My Domains SED updated to add support for PHP 7.1.

The other changes include

  • Support for DSBL checks. Please see the ip-blacklist-check-sample.php file in lib/php/custom folder for more details. The output will be saved to the notes_d column in the sub-domain table.
  • A new sample login script that may be used to authenticate users using your own custom method. Please see the custom.login-sample.php file in the root folder for more details.
  • A new improved sample SSL expiry report script that will display FQDNs instead of separate domain and subdomain entries in the table. Please see ssl-expiry-report-improved-sample.php in lib/php/custom folder.


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Coming Soon: Landing / Parked Page Template Support in Watch My Domains SED

The next update of Watch My Domains SED v3 will include basic support for domain landing or parked pages with custom templates. The options include…

  • Just point all your domains to to a folder called ‘Parked’ in the Watch My Domains installation root and the application will take care of everything else. There is nothing extra to be done.
  • Select templates for individual domains or groups of domains
  • Add any number of custom templates
  • Select the main color theme and background image for the landing or parked page. You can select this for specific domains or for groups of domains
  • Include any custom data from your domain portfolio database fields in the landing page.
  • Insert any custom text and sales blurbs.
  • Configurable contact form
  • Add Google Analytics or any other similar service

a simple parking page from Watch My Domains SED
A simple Parking Page

 

New Domain Name Research Tools

We have added two new domain name research tools at Domain Punch. These are part of the new premium tools and are free to access while in beta. We may require a registration for access in the future, and some parts may be made available only to our customers.

The Advanced Daily Domain List can be used to check the domains that were added or deleted from the zone files during the last 30 days.

The word search tool is for checking the new domain lists for trademarks and keywords. You can use it to find domains that may be used for phishing, domains that contain your trademarks etc.

Search for keywords in newly added domains