Docker Test Container For Watch My Domains SED v4

CodePunch Solutions have published a set of simple docker files that will allow you to quickly spin up a test container for Watch My Domains SED v4 on Mac OS X or Windows desktop.

This requires a working installation of Docker Desktop in your system. You should then clone or downlod the docker files from github to get started.

Download Required Docker Files

Clone the project into a convenient folder (or download the ZIP from githuib and unzip into a folder) and then edit docker-compose.yml to change the MySQL root and user passwords. You may also change the port from 8000 to whatever you want to use.

Edit wmdsed4/config.php to change the MySQL user password to the same one you setup in the YML file. While there, change the setup user name and password ($db_config_setup_name, $db_config_setup_password) too.

Open a terminal (in Mac) or Windows command-line and change to the docker-wmdsed4 directory. Now run

docker-compose build

followed by

docker-compose up -d

wait for the containers to spin up and then open http://localhost:8000 in your browser. There will be a short delay before the Watch My Domains application starts up for the first time. Use the setup username and password you specified in the config.php file to login.

Notes

This is purely for a quick test of Watch My Domains SED, don’t use in a production environment unless:

  1. Physical or remote access to your system is restricted AND
  2. You really know what you are doing

The application will be run without SSL. You can modify the docker file (wmdsed4/Dockerfile) to include SSL support and access the application over SSL.

The database files are stored in a host folder (wmdsed4/mysql), so you can safely stop the containers without losing data.

This doesn’t include any of the application files. The evaluation version of Watch My Domains SED is downloaded from domainpunch.com when you build the container.

Desktop Software, Registrar APIs and Whitelisting IP Addresses

Many registrar APIs require that you whitelist the IP addresses from which you connect. This is a problem if your ISP provides only dynamic IPs. Every time you want to import data from a registrar you will have to find your current IP address, add it at the registrar and wait for it to be whitelisted. At some registrars the whitelisting could take upto 30 minutes.

The solution

You can use your website to host an opensource registrar API script from CodePunch Solutions and then use it from Domain Punch Pro and Watch My Domains to fix this problem permanently. Your website will have a permanent IP address and you can easily whitelist it at your registrar.

Download and install the whois api client script on your web server and white-list your web server IP address at the registrar. Then specify the URL to the web client as shown in the screen-shot above. Include the required authentication parameter (&k=xxxx or ?k=xxxx) as part of the URL.

Domain Name Management Software: Transition to RDAP

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.

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.

New Major Versions of Domain Management Tools for Windows

We have released new major versions of Watch My Domains ISP (v6) and Domain Punch Pro (v4). The most important addition is the support for select registrar APIs. You can now import your domains registered at GoDaddy, ResellerClub or Dynadot with a single click. We will be adding support for more registrars.

If you purchased the previous version within the last few months you can get a free upgrade, otherwise you can purchase an upgrade at a special price. Please see the product pages for more details.

Watch My Domains ISP: What’s New

Domain Punch Pro: What’s New

Watch My Domains ISP for Domain Management

Registrar API Support in Domain Punch Pro & Watch My Domains

We are adding native support for obtaining data from select registrars (using API) to Domain Punch Pro and Watch My Domains for Windows. We have currently added support for GoDaddy, ResellerClub and Dynadot and we will be adding more registrars soon.

New versions of Watch My Domains Pro v5 and Domain Punch Pro v4 with native registrar API support will be available for download within the next 5-7 working days.

Registrar API support for managing your domain names

Domain Name Filter Pro Updated

We have updated Domain Name Filter Pro to support better export of data.

You can use Domain Name Filter Pro to filter, clean and process huge domain name lists, automatically import domain drop lists from different public sources, split domain names into component keywords, sort domain names based on word counts and more.

Domain Name Filter Pro works only on domain names, it doesn’t support multiple columns of data. If you import a file containing multiple columns, only the domain names will be imported.

After you filter your lists it is possible to create an output file containing rows from the original data file that correspond to the filtered domain names. To do this, select the “Export Original” ribbon bar option. This will work only for the last imported data file, so avoid importing data from more than one file.

The export could take a while depending on the sizes of the original file and the data that is being exported.

Domain NAme Filter Pro