Parallels H-Sphere Documentation Administrator Guide

 

Domain Registrar Manager

 
 

Related Docs:   Domain Registrar SDK (Developer Guide) Supported TLDs

Last modified: 24 Dec 2007

 

WARNING: This documentation covers Parallels H-Sphere versions up to 3.1. For the latest up-to-date Parallels H-Sphere documentation, please proceed to the official Parallels site.

     

Configuring Domain Registrars:

    Enom Configuration
    OpenSRS Configuration
    OnlineNIC Configuration
    RRPproxy Configuration
    Ascionic Configuration
    Email Domain Registration
    TPPInternet Configuration

   

H-Sphere comes with Domain Registrar Manager. It supports automatic domain registration services with multiple domain registration providers. This document provides step-by-step instructions on how to:

IMPORTANT:

1. Before you start, make sure to have your company info carefully entered, as it will be used as Billing and Tech info for registered domains. With your company info incorrect or incomplete, end users may start encountering problems with domain registration. Company Info is set on the Look&Feel -> Company Info page.

2. TLDs with asynchronous registration, such as .co.uk or .org.uk, .de, etc. can be handled by admin only by OpenSRS.

3. TLDs that are not registered with supported registrars, such as .pt, or .jp should be handled by admin with Email Domain Registrar.

4. H-Sphere supports .US, .CA, .INFO, and .BIZ domains. Supported domain registration providers require that registrant phone and fax numbers be entered in a special format. Users registering .US and .CA domains are also asked for additional information.

Phone/fax format depending on the country of residence:

  • North America: NXX-NXX-XXXX/YYYY;
  • Other countries: +CCC.ZZZZZZZZZZ/YYYY.

Here:
N is a digit from 2 to 9,
X any digit,
YYYY optional extension,
CCC country code,
ZZZZZZZZZZ phone/fax number inside the country.

Administrators/resellers should also change the format of phone and fax numbers in their Company Info pages.

 

Step 1. Creating Connections with Domain Registrars

  1. Log into your admin CP.
  2. Select Domain Registrar in the Settings menu.
  3. Create connections for Enom, OpenSRS, OnlineNIC, RRPproxy, Ascionic or Email Domain Registrar.

 

Step 2. Associating Top Level Domains with Domain Registrars

Now that you have created connections with domain registrars, you need to associate it with each TLD (top level domain). If you have registered connections with both registrars, you can have some TLD's registered with one and others with another. For example, you can configure H-Sphere to register .com and .net domains with OpenSRS, and others - with Enom. To set the associations:

  1. In the Set Active field, choose the TLD and the registrar it will be registered with.
  2. Click the Activate button to create the association. Now your Domain Registrar Manager form should look similar to this:
    Make sure to create associations for each TLD you would like to support. Users won't be able to register domains with inactive TLDs from their control panels.

 

Step 3. Setting Default Domain Registration Prices

Requirements: Enom and/or OpenSRS configured.

You can set different domain registration prices in different plans. However, you first need to set default domain registration prices to be applied every time a plan-specific price hasn't been specified.

  1. Log into your admin CP.
  2. Select Domain Registrar in the Settings menu.
  3. In the Active box, choose the top level domain (.net, .com, etc.) and click the Define Terms/Prices link next to it.
  4. Set the default prices for various periods:
    These are actual prices for the billing periods, they are not prorated to one year. This means, you need to enter "15 30 45 60 75 90 105 120 135 150", not "15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15".
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 for each TLD.
  6. Now that you have entered default prices, set domain registration prices for individual plans. Warning: If you don't set default or plan-specific prices, end users won't be able to register domains from their control panels.

 

Step 4. Configuring Registrar Connections for Resellers

Resellers offer domain registration services using your registrar connections. In other words, once you have correctly completed the above steps, your registrar connections will become available in the resellers' admin control panels. Also, please:

  • Ask your resellers to check that their company info is correctly entered (no fields should be left empty), as it will be used as Billing and Tech info for registered domains. With reseller company info incorrect or incomplete, resellers' end users may start encountering problems with domain registration. Company Info is set in the reseller admin CP on the Look&Feel -> Company info page.
  • Make sure to enter prices for TLDs and year periods you would like to offer through resellers. These could be either default prices (see the previous step) or plan-specific prices (see Plan Wizards, step 2, or both.

 

 

Editing Registrar Connection Settings

Requirement: domain registrar accounts configured

  1. Log into your admin CP.
  2. Go to Settings -> Domain Registrar.
  3. Choose domain registrar account from the Edit Registrar drop-down box and click the Editbutton.

 

Removing TLD Associations

When you remove a TLD association, the TLD becomes unavailable for end users' domain registration. This, however, doesn't remove the registrar account. To remove a TLD association:

  1. Log into your admin CP.
  2. Go to Settings -> Domain Registrar.
  3. Click the Deactivate link for the TLD association.

 

Deleting Registrar Connections

  1. Log into your admin CP.
  2. Go to Settings-> Domain Registrar.
  3. In the Delete Registrar drop-down box, choose the domain name registrar and click the Delete button.

Related Docs:   Domain Registrar SDK (Developer Guide) Supported TLDs



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