Company is eliminating old plans in favor of new “Personal” accounts.
DomainTools began as a company catering to the domain name industry, but has shifted to the enterprise security market in recent years.
This summer, as part of that process, DomainTools is eliminating a number of grandfathered plans and pushing new accounts into a Personal plan. For many people, this will mean substantially higher prices.
The new Personal plans are $99 a month or $995 a year. DomainTools is offering a 30% off coupon code (upgradenow) to help with the transition.
Personal plans include new products previously available only to larger customers, including bulk parsed whois and reverse whois research mode, along with reverse IP. Personal membership also includes 5 Domain Reports per month (which individually cost $49 each).
Personal memberships have limits that some people might exceed. For example, Personal accounts can only monitor 1,000 domains per month. If you use domain monitors to track your portfolio for domain hijacking, this won’t be possible under the new plans for people with more than 1,000 domains.
Competitors to DomainTools have come on the scene in recent years. DomainIQ is aimed squarely at this market and has plans starting at $24.95 per month. Whoisology offers some free access to data and has extended plans starting at $30 per month.
Each service has different features and limits. Frankly, there’s no “best” choice for everyone; it really depends on what you’re using the services for.
Account migrations at DomainTools will begin June 25, but customers can upgrade early.
[Disclosure: I receive free access to DomainTools and DomainIQ.]