Verisign Whois Lookup Behaving Strange

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

Lookup for (at verisign’s own web interface) shows the domain is not registered.
A new lookup a few seconds later works!

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.

NameCheap has also reported this.


New Version of Domain Name Filter

We have released a new version of the free Domain Name Filter. The improvements include a better interface and additional options. We are also planning to add more features to it in the coming weeks.

You need this software if you work with large lists of domain names. Most of the expired domain lists are huge with reasonably good names sprinkled among large number of useless names. Domain Name Filter will allow you to pick the ones you want from such lists.

Domain Name Filter Application



Registry Supported High Speed Domain Availability Whois Lookups (AU, NL, EU)

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.

Whois setup for AU high speed domain availability checks

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.

AU/NL High Speed Checks

High Speed EU Domain Availability Lookups


Domain Logo Designer Pro For Textual Logos

Domain Logo Designer Pro is an extremely powerful software for creating quick textual logos and headings for your web sites. It is not a replacement for Photoshop or other high-end graphic software, but is very  handy for creating quick logos in a few minutes.

The software supports multiple text blocks. Each text block supports two color fill, outline and tranaparency. Shadows and reflections are also supported. You can also add your own background image or select from a number of different fill patterns.

A 7 day free trial download is available.

For more information please visit Domain logo Designer Pro.

Watch My Domains (Mac) Snow Leopard Support

The next updates for Watch My Domains (Mac) and Domain Name Analyzer (Mac) will not support OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

Our normal policy regarding Mac OS X products is to support the current and prior versions of Mac OS X. This means that the next update will support Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8)

Watch My Domains, Mac OS X

About Watch My Domains Mac

Watch My Domains is a desktop domain name portfolio management application for Mac OS X. You may download a fully functional evaluation copy to try out the software before purchase.


Watch My Domains Server Edition Update

We have updated Watch My Domains Server edition to finally support whois setup from within the main interface. You can click the small ‘Config’ icon at the top to go to the ‘Whois Setup’ page.

Once you click the ‘Config’, the whois setup screen will appear. You can add additional TLDs and ccTLDs and specify the corresponding whois servers. You can also edit the settings for any specific whois server.

This is very similar to the ‘whois settings’ in desktop products.

Watch My Domains Server Edition

To edit the settings of a random whois server, simply type in the whois server and click the ‘Set’ button. This will load the current settings for that server. You can then modify the entries and press ‘Submit Changes’.

The new download will be available during the first week of March, 2013.

See  Watch My Domains Server Edition for more details or to download a free 30 day trial.