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Domain Name Pro/Std Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

  1. Do you have any tips for choosing a domain name?
  2. I have a list of words in a text file. How can I search for domain names for them all?
  3. Sometimes my searches return a lot of results with status "unknown" or "error". What do they mean?
  4. The domain ".xyz" is not in the domains list. Can you add it?
  5. Why don't pluralized words have thesaurus alternatives?
  6. Can I have more than one word group with the same position?
  7. When the search finishes I see the error results being re-checked. Is this normal?
  8. Can I use your software through a firewall or proxy server?
  9. Does your software work with VirtualPC for the Mac?

If you have a question that is not answered here then please contact us.


Answers

Do you have any tips for choosing a domain name?

Yes, check our Domain Name Tips.

I have a list of words in a text file. How can I search for domain names for them all?

Domain Name Pro and Domain Name Std can load words to search from a simple text file. The words should be separated by spaces or alternatively one word per line. Large word lists used as add-on words to domain names should be used in an individual word group in the advanced search. There are two ways to load word lists. Either:

  1. Right-click a search field in the simple or advanced search and select Load from the popup menu.
  2. Select Load from the File menu and choose the search field that you would like the words loaded into.

Then browse to the word list file and click the Load button. Note that any current text that you have in the search term will be replaced by the loaded word list.

To search only for each single word in the list (and not combinations of multiple words) set Max. Words to 1.

Sometimes my searches return a lot of results with status "unknown" or "error". What do they mean?

An "unknown" status is displayed when information is returned by the domain name database server but it does not indicate whether the domain name is available or registered. Once cause for this is with certain domains, such as .ac and .sh, where the domain name database server limits the number of queries that can be made in a given period of time, resulting in a "too many queries" type response code which is displayed as "unknown" in Mozzle. You can check this by right-clicking the unknown result and selecting Display details.

An "error" status is displayed when information is not returned by the domain name database server. This usually occurs when there is a problem with your Internet connection or Internet service provider. Check that your Internet connection is working normally. A simple way to do this is to use your web browser to browse to a couple of local and international web pages, preferably web pages that you haven't recently visited. If the web pages display correctly then your Internet connection is probably OK.

Another cause for "error" results is the domain name database servers. Mozzle Domain Name searches different servers for each domain, and it is possible for the server to be temporarily unavailable or due to limitations of the domain name database server causing it to drop query connections. If you are having trouble with most or all domains and you are using a firewall then you should set the appropriate firewall or proxy options.

If either of these status codes persist then please contact support, stating the domain that you are searching, the domain name that produced the unknown/error status, and the Mozzle Domain Name version number.

The domain ".xyz"is not in the domains list. Can you add it?

If there is an accessible domain name database server for that domain then yes. Please contact us with the domain details. We will endeavor to find the server for the domain and if available we will add the domain to the domain list and make the new list available as a free download for all Mozzle Domain Name Pro and Mozzle Domain Name Std users.

Why don't pluralized words have thesaurus alternatives?

The thesaurus used in Domain Name Pro is based mostly on a condensed version of Roget's thesaurus for commonly used words in order to keep it to a reasonable size. It also contains a large number of automatically and manually added modern Internet terms. In total the thesaurus used in Domain Name Pro contains more than 110,000 alternatives to 11,000 English words.

In general this thesaurus does not contain pluralized words. We are investigating several possibilities of allowing alternatives to pluralized words. Unfortunately the English language is rather complex and developing an automated solution is quite difficult. If a solution is feasible then it will be added to an upcoming version.

Can I have more than one word group with the same position?

Yes. Word groups in the Advanced search can use the exact same position, such as Start/End used twice, or overlapping positions, such as Start/Middle for one group and Middle/End for another. The mandatory/optional setting will have an impact on how the word groups will be used. For example, if you set one word group as position End and make it mandatory, and another word group as position End and make it optional, then words from the second group will be ignored, as to satisfy the mandatory setting of the first group means that the End position is already taken.

When the search finishes I see the "error" results being re-checked. Is this normal?

Yes. Mozzle Domain Name will make a second attempt at the end of the search to get the domain name status from "error" results. If you do not want to wait for it to re-check the error results then simply click the Stop button.

Can I use your software through a firewall or proxy server?

Yes. All Mozzle products have supported SOCKS firewall-proxy and HTTP proxy settings. The settings are available on the Options dialog which is accessible from the Tools menu.

Does your software work with VirtualPC for the Mac?

To run Domain Name Pro or Link Popularity in VirtualPC for the Mac you must turn on compatibility mode as follows:

  1. Start the Virtual PC session as normal.
  2. In the Mac Finder, navigate to the 'Documents' folder in your 'Home' folder. Open the 'Virtual PC Scripts' folder.
  3. Open the 'Toggle Compatibility Mode' script by double clicking it. The script opens in Script Editor.
  4. Click the 'Run' button at the top of the script window.
  5. Click 'OK' to the informational dialog that appears.
  6. Click 'Enable' in the next dialog.
  7. Return to the PC session, which is now running in compatibility mode, and start Domain Name Pro or Link Popularity.
  8. When complete, close Domain Name Pro or Link Popularity and return the Virtual PC to normal mode by re-running the script above and selecting 'Disable' at the appropriate time.

Note that programs run more slowly in compatibility mode.

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