How to specify the lookups that should be done when domains are added

The Default Lookup Settings

When domains are added to the portfolio, Watch My Domains will automatically queue them for domain whois, and root dns check but not any of the other lookups like Alexa, MX, IP Whois, Home Page Check, etc.

You can change this from the 'Lookup Options' tab in the 'Basic App Setup' pane (version 2.4+ required, see below for older versions).

If you are using version 2.3 or older you will need to edit the 'config.php' file. Open config.php in any text editor and look for the $default_lookup_types entry.

Set it's value to a combination of one or more of...

  • dw
  • ipw
  • gpr
  • mx
  • ping
  • alexa
  • ip
  • http
  • gi

For example,

$default_lookup_types entry = "dw,ipw,ip,mx";

The above will enable domain whois, ip whois, root dns check and mx record check on domain names when they are added.

Preferential Lookups

The application processes lookup queue in a FIFO manner (First-In First-Out). This means that if you first queue 1000 domains for MX lookup and then queue the same domains for IP Whois, the IP Whois will happen only after all the MX Lookups are done.

You can make the application give preference to certain types of queued lookups by specifying your choice in the 'Basic App Setup' pane (version 2.4+ required, see below for older versions).

If you are using version 2.3 or older you will need to edit the 'config.php' file. Open config.php in any text editor and look for the $high_preference_lookups entry.

$high_preference_lookups = "dw,ip,sdw";

With the above setting, the application will always do domain whois and root dns check first. That is, if the lookup queue contains domain whois and MX lookups, the domain whois will be always completed first.

Please note the extra entry (sdw) for secondary whois lookup. This relates to registrar (not the registry) lookup for tlds like COM, NET, WS etc.