GDPR and its Effects

GDPR is almost here and here is a quick note about how it might affect our domain name management tools.

The effects of GDPR will depend on what you have been using the software for. There shouldn’t be any issues if you have been using it to manage your own domains. The technical data will continue to be available as part of port 43 lookups. You can still monitor the expiry dates, name servers, MX records, SSL data etc.

Monitoring the technical data related to your domains is going to be more important in the post GDPR world because there is likely to be a higher incidence of domain thefts in the short term. Some registrars have already started adding security features because of GDPR.

The personal information will most likely disappear from whois. This has already happened for many TLDs / registrar whois outputs. For example, the personal information was already not available for domains that use proxy addresses, many ccTLDs and even the new TLDs like .APP. GoDaddy has been masking some information for a while now.

You can use registrar APIs instead of port 43 whois to obtain the data for your domains. Please see below.

Changes to Transfer Process

The domain transfer process (from one registrar to another) will be undergoing some changes because the gaining registrar will no longer be able to lookup the email addresses. So it is even more important to keep an eye on your name servers, associated IP addresses and domain dates.

Use Registrar APIs instead of Whois

You can use registrar APIs to import domains and obtain the domain information. Currently GoDaddy, Namecheap, Dynadot and Resellerclub are supported. Please see

Registrar API Support

for more details. We are hoping to add support for more registrars.

If you use a registrar and they don’t provide an API for customers, you should probably contact them and request them politely to consider doing so.

Registrar API Setup

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.

 

 

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

API Whois Script for GoDaddy Domains

It has become very difficult to obtain registrar data for domains registered at GoDaddy because most of the important information is hidden if you do more than a few port 43 whois lookups using whois.godaddy.com.

We have released a simple API based script for obtaining the data for your own domains registered at GoDaddy.  You can use this along with any of our domain management software tools.

Please Note:  This will work only for your own domains registered at GoDaddy. You can’t use it to find data for domains that belong to other people.

Please see knowledge base article: GoDaddy Whois API

GoDaddy API Whois Script

Thick Whois Transition for COM/NET Domains

The COM and NET registry is in the process of transitioning into thick whois format and the registrar whois server token has changed in the registry whois. While this may or may not be related to the transition it has caused the secondary whois lookups to not occur in all our domain name management software tools. You can easily fix this with a simple configuration change.

We will be updating all the software products on Monday (July 31, 2017) after which this manual configuration will not be required.  We have updated most of our software products.

Windows Desktop Software

Right click on any COM domain and select “Whois Setup > Basic Whois Settings”. Scroll down to the entry for “Whois Server Token” and enter

Registrar WHOIS Server:

as the token. Press ‘Close’. Redo the lookup.  Please don’t change the alphabet case, enter exactly as above.

Whois Server Setup

Watch My Domains SED

Click on the “Whois Setup” button and type in COM into the TLD box and click click “Go”. Select the “Extraction” tab and add the following extraction data for the whois.crsnic.net whois server

[*]=>*
Registrar WHOIS Server:=>whois_server

Click the “Submit Changes” button to save.

Please don’t change the alphabet case, enter exactly as above. See here for details about extraction tokens.

Watch My Domains SED parse table

Watch My Domains Mac

Click on any COM domain in your domain list and select “Edit >> Registry Whois Setup” from the application menu. Click on the “Parse Tab;e” tab and add the following extraction entry into the parse table for whois.crsnic.net

Registrar WHOIS Server:=>whois_server

Please don’t change the alphabet case, enter exactly as above. See here for details about parse table and extraction tokens.

Watch My Domains Parse Table for COM

Configuring IO Domains in Watch My Domains Mac

Do you have trouble extracting the relevant information for IO domains in Watch My Domains Mac?

The correct whois server for IO domains is whois.nic.io

You will also need to configure the parse table for IO to the following:

Expiry=>Expiry Date
Status=>Status
NS 1=>Name Server
NS 2=>Name Server
NS 3=>Name Server
NS 4=>Name Server
Owner Name=>Owner

 

Please see the screen-shot below.

IO TLD setup in Watch My Domains

 

Expiry Date Problem for ORG & INFO Domains

Update: Instead of this manual fix, you may also just update your installation to the latest build. If you are running the latest major version, just download the latest build and install over your existing installation.

If you are running an older version of Watch My Domains Pro/ISP or Domain Punch Pro you will have to do the manual fix mentioned below (you may also consider obtaining an upgrade).


The registry expiry dates for .ORG and INFO domains may appear blank in the various Windows versions of our domain management software tools. This is because of some recent changes in the ORG / INFO whois output and can be easily fixed with a manual configuration change.


Right click on any .ORG / .INFO domain and select…

“Whois Setup > Basic Whois Settings”

Then enter

Registry Expiry Date:

as the Expiry Date Token.  Then redo the lookups or use the “Whois Setup > Parse Registry Whois” option from the right click menu.

Please see the screen shots below.