iWhois has been designed to be lightning-quick and as accurate as possible. Speed, however, involves more than just efficient back-end coding and a simple interface. iWhois also includes several powerful timesaving features.Investing a couple of minutes in reading these tips will help you use these features effectively.
Entering a domain name
- Type or paste (Ctrl-V) the domain name. Lower case, CAPITALS, or a MiXtURe. It doesn't matter.
- Include or omit www., http://www. etc. Trailing slashes and dots are ignored.
- Spaces and most punctuation marks are simply ignored. Commas are changed to dots. The symbols & and + become and and plus, respectively. Underscores are interpreted as dashes.
- Select the extension using the dropdown menu or just type it into the box to override the dropdown.
- You may type .c short for .com. Similarly for .n (net), .o (org), .b (biz) and .i (info).
- To start your lookup, either click the Lookup button or press Enter on your keyboard. (If you have selected the extension using the dropdown menu, Tab then Enter will start the whois search.)
- To view the whois output in its fullest format, deselect both options.
- Show registration status only: suppresses the whois information (faster). This overrides other options.
- After searching, the focus is automatically on the domain entry box. If you want to search for a totally different domain, just start typing to overtype the domain you just looked up.
- If, however, you wish to search for a similar domain (for example, if after searching for widgets.com, you want to search for widget.com or cheapwidgets.com), you can single-click into the domain box to edit its contents, or hit the left or right arrow key to move directly to the start or end, respectively. Ctrl-left and ctrl-right switches ends. Ctrl-A or double-click will highlight the entire domain, again ready for overtyping.
Checking other extensions
- After looking up a domain name, you can use the 'com net org...' quicklinks to check other extensions of the same name. The same output options as for your last lookup will apply.
Quick URL format
- You can just type iwhois.com/anydomain.com into your browser address bar to go straight to the whois record for a domain name. The whois output will appear in the default format.
- If, as many users do, you are copying/pasting the domain name from the browser address bar, you do not have to take the time to strip the initial http:// or trailing slash, etc. The following all work:
Multiple extension search
- You may see status information for all supported domain extensions either by selecting .ALL from the extension dropdown, or by typing .all (or just .a) as the domain extension. Click here to see an example.
- The related option .CNO returns the status of only the .com, .net and .org extensions. Here's an example.
- .All and .cno searches may also be used in conjunction with the 'Quick URL format' described above.
- Although it isn't listed in the dropdown menu, .UK searches both .co.uk and .org.uk.
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