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

Which Domain Name Software Product Should You Buy?

We have a large number of software products related to domain names and domain name management. So we often get asked questions about what product to buy or if there is a single product that does everything.

There is no single product you can buy, however our products fall into three distinct categories.

If you want to search and filter deleted domain lists from different providers use Domain Name Filter Pro. This will allow you to find good domain names from large lists. You can even import various drop and deletion lists with a single click from within the software. Domain Name Filter Pro is available only for Windows.

If you want to create domain names from keywords and alpha-numeric templates and then check for availability use Domain Name Analyzer Pro (Windows only). Mac OS X users can use Watch My Domains for Mac.

If you want to manage your domain name portfolio and keep track of expiry dates, name servers and a lot of other stuff use one of the domain name portfolio management software products.  You can use our handy comparison table to find a suitable domain management solution.

There are some bundle offers too.

Domain Name Portfolio Management

Did you know that there is a free version of Watch My Domains?

Most people and companies don’t register hundreds or thousands of domain names. So we often get emails from people who have five to ten domain names asking if there is a free domain name management solution. The answer is Yes.

We had released Watch My Domains Basic more than an year ago. It is a fully featured version of the Watch My Domains Pro for windows except that it supports only up to 20 domain names. There is no catch, it is completely free to use.

Click here to download Watch My Domains Basic Edition

Watch My Domains Basic Edition

Watch My Domains SED v3 Beta Download on April 4

An initial beta version of Watch My Domains SED v3 will be available for download on April 4, 2016. Customers who purchased the earlier v2.x after April 1, 2015 can get a free upgrade to v3.

Watch My Domains SED v3

Watch My Domains SED v3 comes with a number of new features and is an almost 75% rewrite of the previous major version. Here are the major changes.

  1. Much better visual interface. The fonts are bigger by default, you can also adjust the font size from within the interface.
  2. Ability to do almost all the configuration and setup from within the main interface itself. You need not go to a separate screen to configure whois or setup data table columns.
  3. Built-in custom queries. This is similar to the display and lookup SQL options in Watch My Domains ISP (for Windows desktop). You can also quickly turn custom queries into auto-filters.
  4. Vastly improved sub-domain manager with support for seeing only domains that belong to specific categories. You can also run custom queries from within the subdomain manager.
  5. Non administrative users can now see an ‘All Domains’ category containing only the domains they are allowed to view / edit. Previously they could only view their specific categories.
  6. You can now add and edit auto filter queries from within the interface.
  7. Support for PHP-7 (only for Professional edition at present, PHP 7 support for standard edition will be available as soon as ionCube supports PHP 7)
  8. Greatly improved Subdomain and SSL certificate management.
  9. Support for audit log, you can see who logged in, what changes they made etc.
  10. Ready for other databases, we will be adding support for PostgreSQL and MS SQL soon.
  11. and lot more…

Watch My Domains SED v3, main screen.

The TLD Table, Whois Servers and More

Most of our domain name management software products are capable of auto configuring to support new global top level domains. However, we often get asked about whois servers for specific TLDs.

We have created a table of almost all TLDs along with whois server and other information. This data is updated daily. You can also search, sort and copy data from the table.

Click here to see the Top Level Domain (TLD) table.

the top level domain (tld) table

What is Domain-Pad in Domain Punch Pro and Other Desktop Software?

Domain Punch Pro and other Windows desktop software products for domain name portfolio management include a domain-pad option.  So what is it really for?

There may be times when you just want to remember a list of domain names without actually adding them to your portfolio or doing the regular whois lookups.

The domain scratch pad (also known as Domain Pad) is an option to hold a set of domain names separate from your portfolio.  These domain names will not have any lookup options (it is just a scratch pad).

One example use would be domains you let go and decided not to renew. You can right click in your portfolio list and use the export option to send them to “Domain pad”. After that you an delete them from your portfolio. The “domain pad” will still hold the domains without future lookups.

Domain-pad panel in Domain Punch Pro

Coming Soon: Watch My Domains SED (Server Edition) v3

We are getting ready to release Watch My Domains SED v3 during the first quarter of 2016. If you have been planning to buy the server edition, you may want to do so now. You will not only be able to obtain the application at a low price but will also receive a free upgrade to v3.

In fact, anyone who purchased Watch My Domains SED v2 within the last 12 months of the new release date will get a free upgrade.

Meanwhile, here are some early screen-shots.

Watch My Domains SED v3


 

Watch My Domains SED v3


 

Configuring Data Tables in Watch My Domains SED v3

Domain Name Filter Pro Updated

We have updated Domain Name Filter Professional. The new changes include

  • Support for directly importing drop lists from FTP sites (eg. GoDaddy). Previously only http or https downloads were supported.
  • Support for importing from local ZIP files (you needn’t unzip before importing)
  • Specify the domain name length with or without the TLD part when filtering based on length.
  • Support for extarcting domain names from Godaddy XML files

You can download the updated version now.

Domain Name Filter Pro