Saturday, May 7, 2011

WhoIs Application

I search for domain names every now and then, especially when a bizarre business idea flashes in my head, my first instinct is to reserve a domain name. (Registering the domain name should really be a lower priority than creating an actual business plan, but being a geek, the "business" part of "running a business" escapes me)

Domain name search process looks like this, at least for me: First I connect to a registrar's web site, search for the name, which will invariably be taken. Then search for another and another and another and after 10 mins I give up! Since the name I want is already taken, I'll come up with variations and search for them, but it is difficult to remember the variations I came up with, so I end up searching for the same names again and again. If a particular domain name is already taken, I have the curiosity to find out what is up there, what its owners are doing. But to get that information, I have to open up a browser, type the domain name and visit the web site. I find this process very painful.

I looked around for good domain name searching tools and couldn't find one. So I decided to write one myself. It is available at http://whoisapp.codeplex.com/ Please use it and let me know your feedback.

May be I'm not being fair to the registrars, but I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the registrars keep track of the domain names being searched. If a particular name is searched many times, then they simply register it themselves and squat on it. This has happened to me a couple of times. I hesitated a week or so before registering a name and it was gone. I believe that using a client-side tool, like the one I have written, will avoid this.

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  2. Informative article really helpful for those who are looking for some application to do whois search for any website ..I usually do whois search for website using sites like Whoisxy.com here they will display details like website owner name ,address,phone number,email id and so on ....

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