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

 

What’s Coming in 2017

Happy New Year!

We have a lot of plans for 2017. Here are some of them…

  • New major version of Watch My Domains for Mac
  • Web and Mac OS X versions of Domain Name Filter Pro
  • A membership site that will provide additional TLD related tools and stats
  • Three new products… details coming soon.
  • and of course regular updates to all our existing products, some will see major version upgrades.

See you soon!

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 whois.registrypro.pro by default. This has recently stopped working.

The correct whois server for PRO domains is now whois.afilas.net 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: whois.afilias.net

Search Token: NOT FOUND.

PRO domain whois setup

Use an External DNS Server for Domain IP Checks

You can now specify an external DNS server for use while doing the “DNS checks” in our popular Domain Name Management applications (Domain Punch Pro and Watch My Domains ISP).

This is useful if your internal network remaps domains to local sites causing the software to report incorrect IP addresses for the domains. You can use the default OpenDNS server addresses  (208.67.222.222) or the Google DNS (8.8.8.8).  This is applicable only for finding the IP addresses each domain resolves to.

Use the ‘App Settings’ dialog to enable this. Please see the screen shot below.

Alternate DNS Server setting