What an opportunity attending NamesCon offered myself and others this year to meet and make new relationships as well as reconnect with existing relationships.
Although there’s quite a bit of content made available across varying breakout sessions, panels, and workshops, I’m sharing my thoughts about one the of workshops that caught my eye was the Optimizing Domain Management Tools Talk.
Every domain investor comes to know, understand, and live with the complexities of attempting to effectively manage a growing portfolio with less than stellar interfaces and user experiences.
While many domain investors have high percentages of their domains spread across multiple domain registrars, I personally have opted to focus my attention and efforts on one domain registrar.
Most of my domains are registered and managed using GoDaddy services. GoDaddy’s interface and user experience is not anything to write home about, but they’ve certainly made strings in the last decade (with still more room for improvement too!)!
However, based on the NamesCon Optimizing Domain Management Tools Talk, I can certainly see the benefits of using Dynadot as a primary or secondary registrar for domain management.
In this workshop, Todd Han, Founder and President of Dynadot, makes the case for why Dynadot choose to recently launch a New Control Panel from scratch.
Although not the entire presentation, above is a video of Han covering Dynadot’s newly release control panel and some of its features:
- Responsive for desktop, tablet, and phone
- Domain summary and report of domains owned per TLD
- Customizable columns in Manage Domains section
- Single-click bulk management and updates for up to 1000 domains (i.e., updating name servers, locking/unlocking domains, dns settings, privacy settings, sale settings, email forwarding, etc.)
- Folder contacts to synchronize whois contacts of domains
- Fully integrated SEDO and Afternic for domain listings
- Easy-to-use Website Builder that offers eCommerce, blogging, sales landers, and contact forms
One of the biggest features that caught my eye was “Folder Contacts”. This new feature allows customers to use folder contacts to synchronize the whois contacts of all domains in a given folder. You can apply folder contacts to all domains, subset of domains or individual domains.
For example, if I registered or purchased alvinbrown.com within Dynadot, then I could move it into a “Personal” folder that has associated with it Whois Registrant, Admin Contact, Technical Contact, and Billing Contact information already preset set.
I simply move the domain to the folder, and the appropriate settings are applied without further intervention on my behalf.
It may not seem like a big deal to you when managing only a handful of domains, but when managing thousands of domains or simply hundreds, this is a HUGE feature and time saver.
Although my current portfolio shall remain with GoDaddy, I’ve setup and configured my Dynadot account to start my customer journey and experience.
The next thing on my list of todos is diving into Dynadot’s Domain Marketplace, which lists expired auctions domains that are exclusive to ONLY Dynadot.
Han states that not many folks know about the Dynadot expired auction marketplace — which translates to me as less bidding competition.
All expiring domains registered with Dynadot that are not renewed are sent to expired auction. Unlike other registrars that build domain portfolios in competition with domain investors, Dynadot doesn’t attempt to hoard or have a vested interest in keeping domains for their personal gain.
In addition, Han states the average final sale of most domains listed in Dynadot’s expire domain auctions is $35 with most auctions starting at $10.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds very reasonable to me and worthy of a review by all domain investors, even if only at a quick glance.
In the mean time, I’m off to uncover a few Dynadot gems in expired auction. 😉
That’s all for now!