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5:10 pm on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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IYD was purchased by Tucows in 2007 July. I have a very large portfolio of domains that I managed under the IYD interface for years. It may not have been the prettiest console but man, you could do just about anything you wanted within a short period of time. That is no longer the case after the transition over to the new Tucows OpenSRS.

I usually do domain renewals once a quarter and get them in bulk. Unfortunately this new OpenSRS does not allow for that type of bulk purchasing. I've already submitted tickets on the challenges and it has been confirmed that you cannot effectively do bulk renewals in the new interface.

Well, that would be a major challenge for many of us who are doing any sort of bulk domain investments. Anyone else here part of that transition? What are your thoughts? Has anyone left the OpenSRS system and gone elsewhere? Where did you end up?

I just went through the process described to me on the ticket about bulk renewals and it takes about 1 minute per domain renewal (there is no Add to Cart function for multiples). And get this, they try sneaking those prechecked checkboxes in on you at the checkout phase, arrrggghhh!

Who can I go to these days for effective domain portfolio management? Someone that isn't going to get purchased in the next few years. Ha!

11:03 pm on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's always been my belief that one should play with a registrar's bulk management tools before making a bulk move. Maybe move a dozen or so domains to your top 2 or 3 choices and see if their system works to your satisfaction?

From what I've read over the years I'd say that the reasons folks with larger portfolios choose one registrar over another are as personal and as varied as the reasons the same folks have for driving a specific car.

Of course YMMV. :p

[edited by: Webwork at 12:14 am (utc) on Jan. 23, 2009]

11:53 pm on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Well put Webwork, I agree bulk management tools are varied and a lot will depend on your own business models and what suits your portfolio management requirements.

I would say that most registrars that I have dealt with are below par in their bulk management area though.

2:49 am on Jan 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Bulk tools are essential but also don't neglect the registrar's policies. A few registrars have nice bulk management tools but has a track record of being unfriendly to domainers.

- Are their policies domainer friendly?
- Are they likely to take the name from you for frivolous reasons?
- Will they help if a name gets hijacked?
- If there's a problem do you have an account manager that you can speak with?