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Premium Domains Setup Guide

Following are the steps you need to perform from within your Control Panel to setup your Premium Domains
Product for your Customers and Sub-Resellers:

  • Activate the Premium Domains Product for your Reseller Account:

    1. Login to your Reseller Control Panel. See details

    2. In the Menu, point to Settings and then click Manage Products and Pricing

    3. Click the Domain Registration link.

    4. Click the Sell Premium Domains link.

      • To enable sale of Premium Domains: select the Enable option.

      • To disable sale of Premium Domains: select the Disable option.

    5. Click the Update button.

    Note
    • You may only choose to sell / not sell Premium Domains. You cannot set the Selling Price for Premium Domains.

    • You as a Reseller, your Sub-Reseller(s) and the end Customer will be charged the same Price for a Premium Domain.

  • Buy Flow:

    • SuperSite: Changes have been made to the below files:

      • Products -> Domain -> Domain_registration -> Check_availability_new -> Domain_search_result.html

      • Misc -> Misc_messages.txt

      If you have made any modifications to these files, you need to update them to include the changes related to Premium Domains.

    • API: You need to integrate the following API calls in your website -

      • Check Availability: Returns a list of Premium Domains based on the specified keyword. See details

      • Domain Transfer: Once the Customer adds a Premium Domain to the shopping cart and makes the payment, a Domain Transfer call needs to be placed for the Premium Domain. See details

  • Enabling Premium Domains for your Sub-Resellers:

    • Control Panel: Your Sub-Resellers can activate the Premium Domains Product for their respective Accounts from within their Reselller Control Panel. See details

    • API: You need to integrate the following API calls in your website -

      • Activate Premium Domains: Signs up the Sub-Reseller for the Premium Domains Product. See details

      • Getting Premium Domains Signup Status: Returns the Premium Domains Product Signup status for the specified Sub-Reseller. See details

Premium Domains

What are premium domain names?

Premium names are highly desirable domain names that are generally available at a higher price than regular domain names.

All domain names are not equal. There are various factors that lend value to a domain name, for instance, the number of characters in the name, common keywords, or how memorable the name is. Invariably, such domain names are sold at a higher price than regular domain names, particularly if they represent a concept, idea, or category.

Advantages of premium names

A premium domain name makes an instant impression on the target audience, irrespective of the category or type of business. It provides a boost in search engine optimization efforts, and may also improve type-in traffic from visitors specifically looking for a product, service or idea. As such, it helps businesses and users welcome visitors that may not otherwise reach their website. It also means that users know exactly what to expect from the website, since the name makes the value proposition clear to the visitor. This can save any company a lot of time, money and effort in branding, to influence prospective customers.

Premium domains are also great for word-of-mouth and physical marketing activities - a short and memorable name makes it easy for users to come to the site much after they've seen it on TV or a billboard, or just heard about it from a friend. Ultimately, a high quality name helps you make a real statement about your business.

Types of premium domain names

Depending on their source and ownership, there are two types of premium domain names -

Premium names sold by Registries

High quality domain names in various domain extensions are often made available at a higher price by the respective Registries. Though the price is higher, these names can be registered in the same way as regular domain names. If a name you're looking for happens to be premium, the search results will indicate as much, and show the actual price for the domain name.

Registry-sold premium domains may be of two types -

  • Some domains may be sold at a very high initial price, but will renew or transfer at the same price as a regular domain name
  • Other domains may be sold at a higher price, but will also renew or transfer at the same higher price

Aftermarket premium names

These are domain names that have already been registered by other customers; however, the current owner is offering them for sale. Such sales happen through various registrars and aftermarket services. At , we have partnered with several aftermarket platforms in order to bring such high-quality domains to our customers, and they can be purchased directly on the website.

The process to buy an aftermarket domain is different from the regular domain registration process. Since these names are already registered, they must be transferred from the seller's registrar to the buyer's account on . The transfer process for these names is simplified, so you don't need to take any extra steps when buying a premium domain name.

Aftermarket premium domains are generally available across all of the popular TLDs, including .COM, .NET and various ccTLDs where the registries don't sell any premium names themselves. Aftermarket premium names have a high initial price, but renew or transfer at the same price as normal domain names in that TLD.

How do I buy a premium domain name?

The process of buying a premium domain name is not different from buying ordinary domain names - when you search for domain names on the website, premium names matching your search request will be included in the results. These results will also indicate if the name renews at a premium price, or if the renewal pricing will be similar to regular names.

When you add a premium name to your shopping cart and make the payment for it, we will start the process of acquiring it for you. Once the name has been secured, it will be activated in your control panel, and can be managed like any other domain name.

Note
  • The price for Premium Domains is set by the registry or the current owner of the domain name and is non-negotiable.
  • Activation of registry-sold premium names happens almost instantly, just like regular domain names.
  • Activation of aftermarket premium names may, depending on the seller and the aftermarket platform, take between 1-3 weeks to complete.

Check Availability - Premium Domains

Description

Returns a list of Aftermarket Premium domain names based on the specified keyword. This method only returns names available on the secondary market, and not those premium names that are offered directly by any Registry for new registration.

Parameters

Name Data Type Required / Optional Description
auth-userid Integer Required Authentication Parameter
api-key String Required Authentication Parameter
key-word String Required Word or phrase (please enter the phrase without spaces) for which premium search is requested
tlds Array of Strings Required Domain name extensions (TLDs) you want to search in See details
price-high Integer Optional Maximum price (in Reseller's Selling Currency) upto which domain names must be suggested
price-low Integer Optional Minimum price (in Reseller's Selling Currency) for which domain names must be suggested
no-of-results Integer Optional Number of results to be returned

HTTP Method

GET

Example Test URL Request

https://domaincheck.httpapi.com/api/domains/premium/available.xml?auth-userid=0&api-key=key&key-word=domain&tlds=com&tlds=net&tlds=org&price-high=10000&no-of-results=10

Response

Returns a hash map with a list of Aftermarket Premium domain names and the price for each of them.

Modifying Name Servers in Bulk

Apart from modifying Name Servers of domain names individually, you may use the Bulk Modify Name Servers tool to modify Name Servers for multiple domain names belonging to your Customers and / or Sub-Resellers.

Additional Information

Modifying Name Servers individually

About Exceptions and Lock / Suspension 

Note
  • Bulk Modification feature is not supported for .COOP domain names.

  • Bulk Modification feature is not supported for .TEL domain names.

  • If the domain names are Locked by , they need to be first Unlocked by
    , before you can proceed with the Bulk Name Servers Modification.

  • For Resellers:

    • If the domain names are Locked by you, you may proceed with the Bulk Name Servers Modification without
      Unlocking them.

    • If the domain names are Suspended by either you or , they need
      to be first Unsuspended, before you can proceed with the Bulk Name Servers Modification.

Additional Information

For Resellers:

Unlocking a domain name

Unsuspending a domain name

Instructions for Customers

  1. Login to your Customer Control Panel. See details

  2. Here, you have two options:

    • Select domain names from a list:

      • In the Menu, point to Manage Orders and then click List/Search Orders. This would list all Orders under your Customer Account.

        Searching domain names 

        Note

        You may choose to search for specific domain names to modify Name Servers, by selecting one or more of the following parameters and clicking the Search button:

        • Name / Order ID: You may choose to view Orders associated with a domain name. Mention the domain name / Order ID here.

        • For Product: Select Domain Registration from the drop-down menu.

        • With Status: Select the status as Active.

        • Expiry: You may choose to list domain names based on their Expiry status. Select Expiring in certain number of days.

        • Set to Auto-Renew: You may choose to list domain names for which Auto-Renewal is enabled.

          Additional Information

          Auto-Renewal

        • Containing Name Servers: You may choose to list domain names based on existing Name Servers. Mention multiple Name Servers separated by commas.

        • Purchased between: You may choose to list domain names based on their purchase date. Select the Start Date and End Date to search within this date range.

        Note

        You may quickly list Orders by selecting any of the below mentioned Auto Filters:

        • List all Orders: This will list all Orders.

        • Orders Expiring in next 30 days: This will list all Orders expiring in the next 30 days.

        • Orders set to Auto-Renew: This will list all Orders for which Auto-Renewal is enabled.

      • Select the domain names you wish to modify Name Servers for and then click the button.

      Note
      • You may also provide a list of domain names / Order IDs in the Bulk Actions page, which can be reached by clicking the icon in the List of Orders page.

      • In order to modify Name Servers for more than 50 domain names, you need to increase the number of domain names listed per page from the Results/Page drop-down menu.

    • Enter a list of domain names:

      • In the Menu, point to Manage Orders -> Bulk Tools and then click Bulk Modify Name Servers.

      • Enter a list of Domain Names or Order IDs. You can mention upto 1000 Domain Names or Order IDs on separate lines.

      • Click the button.

  3. You would be displayed a Bulk Modify Name Servers Summary view, alongwith the total number of Orders in the Bulk Name Servers Modification Action.

    Note

    Invalid Orders or Orders not found under your Account will be segregated from your list. Such Orders can be viewed through the appropriate link(s) displayed on the Bulk Modify Name Servers Summary page.

    Invalid Orders include:

    • Orders of TLDs (extensions) for which Name Servers Modification is not supported

    • Orders of Product types other than Domain Registration

    • Inactive Orders

    • Suspended Orders

    • Locked Orders

    • Orders under Redemption Period

  4. Click the Modify Name Servers button to place a Bulk Name Servers Modification Action.

Instructions for Resellers

  1. Login to your Reseller Control Panel. See details

  2. Here, you have two options:

    • Select domain names from a list:

      • In the Menu, point to Products and then click List All Orders. This would list all Orders under your Reseller account.

        Searching domain names 

        Note

        You may choose to search for specific domain names to modify Name Servers, by selecting one or more of the following parameters and clicking the Search button:

        • Belonging to: You may choose to view Orders associated with a domain name or belonging to a Customer or a Sub-Reseller. Choose the appropriate option from the drop-down menu and mention either the domain name / Order ID or the Customer Username / ID or the Sub-Reseller Username / ID.

        • For Product: Select Domain Registration from the drop-down menu.

        • With Status: Select the status as Active.

        • Expiry: You may choose to list domain names based on their Expiry status. Select Expiring in certain number of days.

        • Set to Auto-Renew: You may choose to list domain names for which Auto-Renewal is enabled.

          Additional Information

          Auto-Renewal

        • Containing Name Servers: You may choose to list domain names based on existing Name Servers. Mention multiple Name Servers separated by commas.

        • Purchased between: You may choose to list domain names based on their purchase date. Select the Start Date and End Date to search within this date range.

        • Include Sub-Reseller's results: You may include in the list all domain names belonging to your Sub-Resellers, by selecting this check box.

        Note

        You may quickly list Orders by selecting any of the below mentioned Auto Filters:

        • List all Orders: This will list all Orders.

        • Orders Expiring in next 30 days: This will list all Orders expiring in the next 30 days.

        • Orders set to Auto-Renew: This will list all Orders for which Auto-Renewal is enabled.

      • Select the domain names you wish to modify Name Servers for and then click the button.

      Note
      • You may also provide a list of domain names / Order IDs / Customer IDs / Reseller IDs in the Bulk Actions page, which can be reached by clicking the icon in the List of Orders page.

      • In order to modify Name Servers for more than 50 domain names, you need to increase the number of domain names listed per page from the Results/Page drop-down menu.

    • Enter a list of domain names:

      • In the Menu, point to Products -> Bulk Tools and then click Bulk Modify Name Servers.

      • Enter a list of Domain Names, Order IDs, Customer IDs or Reseller IDs. You can mention upto 1000 Domain Names, Order IDs, Customer IDs or Reseller IDs on separate lines.

        Selecting Customer IDs or Reseller IDs allows you to modify Name Servers for all domain names under the specified Customer(s) / Sub-Reseller(s).

      • Click the button.

  3. You would be displayed a Bulk Modify Name Servers Summary view, alongwith the total number of Orders in the Bulk Name Servers Modification Action.

    Note

    Invalid Orders or Orders not found under your Account will be segregated from your list. Such Orders can be viewed through the appropriate link(s) displayed on the Bulk Modify Name Servers Summary page.

    Invalid Orders include:

    • Orders of TLDs (extensions) for which Name Servers Modification is not supported

    • Orders of Product types other than Domain Registration

    • Inactive Orders

    • Suspended Orders

    • Locked Orders

    • Orders under Redemption Period

  4. Click the Modify Name Servers button to place a Bulk Name Servers Modification Action.

Tracking your Bulk Name Servers Modification Action

Bulk Actions Limit 

Note

At any point of time, you can add upto 2 Bulk Actions. This implies that you would not be able to add another Bulk Registration / Transfer / Renewal / Suspend or Unsuspend / Lock or Unlock / Name Servers Modification / Contacts Modification (only for Customers) / Theft Protection / Privacy Protection Action, if 2 Bulk Actions are already running. You will encounter the below error message in case you try to do so:

Attention

You already have the maximum allowed number of Bulk Operations running. Please wait for at least one to complete before starting another.

You will be able to add another Bulk Action once one of the earlier actions has been processed completely.

Deleting a Delegation Signer (DS) Record

Description

Deletes a Delegation Signer (DS) Record for a Domain Registration Order.

Parameters

Name Data Type Required / Optional Description
auth-userid Integer Required Authentication Parameter
api-key String Required Authentication Parameter
order-id Integer Required Order ID associated with the domain name for which you want to delete the DS record
attr-name Map[name] Required Mapping key of the details associated with a DS Record. Refer the description of attr-value.
attr-value Map[value] Required

Mapping value of the details associated with a DS Record. This together with attr-name shall contain the details.

  • To delete a DS Record associated with a Domain Registration Order:

    • keytag: Key Tag value associated with the DS Record

    • algorithm: Algorithm associated with the DS Record

    • digesttype: Digest Type associated with the DS Record. Applicable values are 1, 2 & 3 for .COM / .NET and 1 & 2 for other domain name extensions.

    • digest: Digest associated with the DS Record - a 40-character string for Digest Type value 1 and a 64-character string for Digest Type values 2 and 3

HTTP Method

POST

Example Test URL Request


https://test.httpapi.com/api/domains/del-dnssec.xml?auth-userid=0&api-key=key&order-id=0&attr-name1=keytag&attr-value1=123&attr-name2=algorithm&attr-value2=3&attr-name3=digesttype&attr-value3=1&attr-name4=digest&attr-value4=49FD46E6C4B45C55D4AC49FD46E6C4B45C55D111

Response

Returns a hash map containing the below details:

  • Domain Name (description)

  • Order ID of the Domain Registration Order (entityid)

  • Action Type (actiontype)

  • Description of the Delete DS Record Action (actiontypedesc)

  • Action ID of the Delete DS Record Action (eaqid)

  • Delete DS Record Action Status (actionstatus)

  • Description of the Delete DS Record Action Status (actionstatusdesc)

In case of any errors, a status key with value as ERROR along with an error message will be returned.