Register a domain name(s) through the control panel

The Domains section of the Control Panel allows you to check the availability of a domain name, and if the name is available, allows you to register that name. In order to provide you with the largest selection of names from which to choose, the search results also include suggestions for similar, available names, as well as domain names that are already taken, but whose owners are willing to sell them for a price; these are referred to as Premium Domains.

For those Premium Domains that have a set price, the search results list indicates the purchase price. To purchase these domains, you simply click Register Now and complete the registration form.

Note: Due to the additional checks that are required to confirm availability and obtain Premium domains, the purchase process may take longer than a regular domain registration.

The search results may also include Premium Domain names that are available from a non-OpenSRS supplier that allows you to negotiate the price. To purchase these domains, you click Make Offer to begin the negotiation process. When you choose this option, you are taken to the Sedo website, and the rest of the purchase process is done through Sedo. As the buyer, you make an offer which the seller can choose to accept or reject, or they can make a counter offer.

Important: OpenSRS has no input or influence on the purchases made through Sedo. Once the domain name is purchased, the buyer can transfer the domain anywhere they choose, whether that is to OpenSRS or to another registrar. Resellers do not earn any commission from the purchase of these domains.

To register a domain

1. In the Domains section of the Control Panel, click the plus sign (+).

2. In the Search for a domain or keywords text field, enter all or part of the domain name for which you want to search and then click Search.

You can enter one or more words, and you can use wildcard characters to represent part of the name.

If you search for the exact domain name that you want, including the TLD extension (such as example.com), and the name is available, the registration form appears.

If the exact name is not available or if you entered anything other than a complete domain name, you will see a list of related, available domain names including Premium Domains.

3. If the returned list includes a name that you want, click Register Now, complete the fields on the registration form, and then click Submit Registration or Save as Draft.

Alternatively, click Make Offer to go to the Sedo website and begin negotiations to purchase the domain name that you want.

Note: Premium domains that are purchased cannot be transferred away for 60 days.

Completing the domain registration form

This section explains the information that you enter in each of the fields on the registration form.

Registrant Info

Username—Enter the registrant's name.

  • Password—Enter a password for the registrant.
  • Confirm Password—Enter the registrant's password again for confirmation. This field is displayed if Mask Password is checked.
  • Mask Password—Click to put a checkmark in this box if you want the password to be hidden, and a number of dots displayed instead. If you enable this feature, the Confirm Password field is displayed.
  • Affiliate ID—If you have your own Reseller or affiliate base, you can use this optional field to track this business. If you don't have a Reseller or affiliate business model or you don't want to track this information, you can ignore this field.

You can pre-fill the fields on the registration form with information from a previously registered domain

To pre-fill the registration fields

  1. Click Associate with existing user
    The Registrant Search box appears.
  2. Enter all or part of the domain name for which you want to search, and click Search.
    You can use wildcard characters to represent part of the name.
    If the search field contains the @ symbol, the system searches for matching email addresses; otherwise, it searches for domain names.
  3. From the results list, click a domain name to pre-fill the fields with the information associated with that domain.
    Note: When you pre-fill the registration fields in this way, you can edit the information in any of the fields except for the Registrant password and the Administrator email address.

Domain Settings

This section allows you to set the domain’s registration period and security settings. Click the associated checkboxes to select or deselect settings. If a TLD does not support a feature, you will not see the option.

  • Registration Period—From the drop-down box, choose the registration term for the domain that you selected. You can register most domains for up to 10 years.
  • Auto Renew—When auto renew is enabled, the domain is automatically renewed 30 days before the domain expiration date (this is true for most TLDs, but to check specific TLDs, refer to the TLD reference chart on the OpenSRS website). The Auto Renew feature is an excellent safety net for domains that must not be allowed to expire. All domain names that have the Auto Renew feature enabled are automatically renewed 30 days before the domain expiration date. If you enable the Auto Renew feature when there are fewer than 30 days until the domain's expiration date, you should make sure that you enable it within 2 days of the expiration date, depending on when the Auto Renew job processes the renewal. If a domain is close to the expiration date when you want to enable the Auto Renew feature, be aware that it may not be auto renewed the very next day. Therefore, we recommend that you renew the domain manually in case the Auto Renew job runs late. The Auto Renew function will see that a manual renewal has been performed and won’t apply an extra renewal year.
    Note: Be sure to maintain a sufficient balance in your account that is capable of sustaining auto-renewals; an auto-renewal transaction will not succeed if there are not sufficient funds in your Reseller account.
  • Contact Privacy—Contact Privacy hides the identity of a Registrant when a user does a WHOIS lookup on that Registrant’s domain. The benefit of enabling Contact Privacy is that the registrant’s identity, including home address, phone number, and email address, is shielded from spammers, identity thieves, scammers, and other undesirables. When registrants enable the Contact Privacy service, masked WHOIS contact information appears in the public WHOIS database. If someone tries to contact an email address associated with a domain that is protected by Contact Privacy, they receive an autoresponder message instructing them to visit contactprivacy.com if they want to reach the registrant. If there is a cost for Contact Privacy, it is displayed here.
    Note: This option is displayed only if Contact Privacy is offered for the TLD that you are registering.
  • Lock Domain—Domain locking prohibits certain changes to a domain such as transfers and DNS modifications. This is a security feature that has been designed to ensure that registrants have full control over the modifications made to their domain. It helps you, the Reseller, to secure your clients' domains against slamming, hijacking or other forms of 'domain transfers' that have NOT been properly authorized by the registrant. Domain locking prevents Registrar transfers away from OpenSRS, RSP2RSP transfers to another OpenSRS Reseller, and DNS Management. If a registrant wants to perform any of these actions for a locked name, the name must first be unlocked.
    Note: Domain locking does NOT prevent contact management.

Contact Information

Enter or edit the contact details for the Owner, Administrator, Billing, and Technical contacts for the domain.

Note: Depending on the TLD that you are registering, you may not see all of these contact types.

  • Owner—The owner of the domain.
  • Administrator—The administrative contact for the domain.
  • Billing—The person who is responsible for all billing and financial issues for the domain.
  • Technical—The person who is responsible for any technical issues for the domain.

The following fields are mandatory: First Name, Last Name, Organization Name, Address1, City, Country, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code, Phone, and Email.

Important: Make sure that the postal/zip codes and phone numbers are formatted correctly for that country.

Nameservers

This section allows you to specify the nameservers that the domain will use, and also allows you to enable the Parked Pages Program. Every domain name must have at least two nameservers.

In the Nameserver Provider section, choose one of the following:

  • Use Our Nameservers—Domain is assigned the default OpenSRS nameservers; this is required if you want to take advantage of DNS/Zone features.
    The default nameservers are ns1.systemdns.com, ns2.systemdns.com, and ns3.systemdns.com
  • Park with Ads—Domain displays sponsored ads and is assigned the default parking nameservers.
  • Use Your Own Nameservers—Specify your own nameservers, minimum two required. If you choose this option, DNS/zone information will not be active, which means that any existing forwarding and DNS options will be disabled.

DNS

To apply a DNS template to the domain, from the DNS Template drop-down list, choose the template that you want to use.

When you register a new domain, you can enable DNS using the default template or a custom template that contains zone information.

To apply the default DNS template

  1. In the Nameservers section of the domain registration form, click the radio button beside Use Our Nameservers.
  2. In the DNS section, from the  DNS Template drop-down list, choose no template to use the default template.
    When the domain is registered, DNS is enabled, but the zones are not yet defined. You will have to specify the zone information later.

To apply a custom DNS template

  1. In the Nameservers section of the domain registration form, click the radio button beside Use Our Nameservers.
  2. In the DNS section, from the  DNS Template drop-down list, choose the template you want to use.
    DNS is enabled, and the zone information from the template is assigned to the domain.

For more information on DNS Templates, see the article "Creating or editing a DNS template".

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