WordPress WHOIS Plugin
The WordPress WHOIS plugin was built by myself with the inspiration offered by Berrie Pelser from BerArt Visual Design. The plugin is a free package which allows you to place a domain search form on your WordPress website so that your users can see whether or not a domain is available or possibly obtain contact and other information about the domain. I consider it to be the perfect plugin for a vast range of websites focusing on technical and technology related topics. Take a hosting or web development service provider as a good example.
Since the initial release of the plugin in November 2008 and 147 total downloads, we threw around some ideas and discussed new features to be developed. Primarily, the plugin got a settings page in the WordPress dashboard so that you can easily configure its features and offerings without having to edit any code in the plugin. New features include the ability to configure TLDs by ticking off the ones you want to use and ordering/sorting them whichever way you like. Additionally, certain capabilities can be turned off in the settings section such as the turing number to prevent bots/spammers from submitting the form without proper recognition.
I created a mailing list for the WordPress WHOIS plugin here on the Tribulant Blog so that you can subscribe to it in case you are interested in receiving news updates via email when the new version of this plugin is released. There is an RSS feed for the WordPress WHOIS plugin specifically as well. I’m sending this to all subscribers as an announcement. Berrie and I were talking just now and the plugin is almost ready to be released. I’m still making a few minor changes and tweaking internal behavior. A release announcement will be posted here and if you already have v1.0 of the plugin installed on your WordPress website, the dashboard will notify you of the update in the “Plugins” section of WordPress.