Earlier this month, I wrote about how to look into a domain name’s WHOIS information as a way to gauge the authenticity and trustworthiness of the website. It was only upon having that post published that I realized that WHOIS lookup is a capability that many people never even knew existed.
While that article was specifically tailored towards assisting users in gauging the age and origin of a website, there are many alternative uses for WHOIS. It’s something I’ve used for years, and it would make a lot of Internet-related business harder without it. Just as an example, I’ve purchased and sold some higher-end domain names. Using WHOIS, you’re able to easily and instantly check the availability of domain names and the age of those domains if already registered.
Typically, querying WHOIS requires the browser. In this post, I’ll show you how to do it with a great portable application.
DomainHostingView is another tool from the amazing NirSoft. NirSoft specializes in niche, portable applications to make the Windows and web experience easier. DomainHostingView is included in NirLauncher, NirSoft’s all-in-one launcher that includes all of their great tools.
Otherwise, DHV (as I’ll abbreviate DomainHostingView from here on) is available as a standalone app as a 122KB download.
DHV is a Unicode application and supports international domain names. It supports special characters and will automatically convert those characters to a format that can be used in WHOIS queries. DHV will then parse the data returned by the WHOIS server and present it to the user in a format that is very organized and easy to read.
Depending on the TLD you’re looking up, a heap of data will be returned. Rather than restate all of the information available on DHV’s website, check the screenshot below for a recap on all of that information.
After generating these reports, you’re able to save them in an HTML format. It will preserve all of the formatting that you see in the report.
The functionality that DHV provides is very basic and nothing special. What makes it a great application is that it takes something that is already very useful (WHOIS) and places it on the desktop, without dependency of the browser, and organizes it in a way that makes it much easier for the user to digest. Those of you who read my earlier article on WHOIS may find this to be your preferred way of looking into that data. It literally takes seconds between queries.
If you’d like to see what the full HTML report from DHV looks like, I’ve uploaded a sample report to Dropbox. You’re able to see both organized and raw data, so you’re losing nothing by choosing DHV over any other WHOIS lookup service.
What do you think about DHV? WHOIS is never a hard thing, but do you find this application makes it easier to rapid-fire those queries? If nothing else, do you find it presents data in a way that makes it easier for you to read and understand? Let me know in the comments!