From allowing users to determine the availability of domain names to pinpointing who owns a website and how to contact them, the command most commonly known as, "WHOIS," has been around in one form or another since the early 1980's. Whois is now used all over the web and has become an indispensable tool for those both running internet businesses and those using the internet for personal purposes.
Things were very different at the beginning. At first, since the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - the US Department of Defense's sector that deals with the development of new technologies - was the only organization to handle domain registrations, it was extremely easy to find out any registration related info. That is, one could simply type in the contact info for an administrator and find out every website they were tied to. Or, one could search for a key word and locate all websites that included those terms in their URLs. Such capabilities are just not the same any more. This resulted from the "commercialized Internet, multiple registrars and unethical spammers." 1
The National Science Foundation was the first to hand over the managing of web registrar info to the commercial sector. By 1993, InterNIC was formed under contract from the NSF and began offering full WHOIS services to those at the NSF. They went under due to poor performance.
It was on December 1, 1999 that WHOIS changed from its old form to what is used nowadays. On that date, the management of the top-level domains (TLDs), such as ".com," ".net." and ".org" was handed to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based non-profit that oversees a number of internet-related tasks. ICANN changed the basic model for WHOIS commands. They altered it, giving it a "self-detecting CGI support so that the same program could operate a web-based WHOIS lookup, and an external TLD table to support multiple WHOIS servers based on the TLD of the request."2 This is the type of program current users are familiar with.
Now, one of the most current developments in the WHOIS client is the creation of YourServerReport.com. There are several other websites that offer similar services, but in offered in a less effective manner.
Sites such as Whois.sc do offer a more flashy and colorful results page, however due to this the query return rate is noticeably slower. This is the case with several other WHOIS clients who have tried to offer the nicest WHOIS experience with lots of images and tables, while slowing down their services. On the other hand, YourServerReport.com does not have fancy result pages, and so it is among the swiftest WHOIS servers on the net. As a result of the simplistic layout of Your Server Report's query results page, not only is load time cut to a minimum, but one's ability to skim through all of the data is also considerably more efficient. It is the equivalent of an email in a text format versus one in html. One may look nicer than the other, but one is usually more successful in transmitting important info than another. The choice is up to the user. And isn't nice to have such a choice? Most certainly.
Also, Your Server Report sports a feature other websites do not. It highlights the type of server a website is employing. For those in the internet marketing and website building industries, amongst countless others, this is a very useful feature. This is because there can be a notable difference between what can be done on a site depending on whether, say, they use a Microsoft-IIS/7.0 server or an Apache server. This is key knowledge for myriad internet workers and users, and on Your Server Report it couldn't be any easier to find - and it doesn't cost you a dime!
Another characteristic that's intriguing about YourServerReport.com is the wit of its operators – they provide a rotating set of custom Haiku's on their homepage to convey the philosophy of the website, or simply to offer a funny quip. The subject matter, in Your Server Report's Haikus at least, varies greatly to keep the user on their toes!
But don't take our word for it. Next time you need a server report or a WHOIS query client, go check it out and see for yourself. It is guaranteed to allow you to do more in less time while being entertained as well. Aren't you curious?Works Cited:
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