Register a domain name through the control panel

The domains section of the Reseller Control Panel (RCP) allows you to check the availability of a domain name, and if the name is available, allows you to register that name. 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.

Registering domains in the RCP

In the RCP, you can search for the domain name to check availability. 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, 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.

  1.  In the Domains section of the RCP, 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.
  3. Complete the Registration form.
  4. Click Submit registration or Save as draft.

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Completing the domain registration form

Registrant information

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.

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

  1. Click Associate with existing user. Register_4.png
  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.
  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.

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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. The Auto Renew feature is an excellent safety net for domains that must not be allowed to expire.

Note: An auto-renewal transaction will not succeed if there are not sufficient funds in your Reseller account.
* Refer to the TLD reference chart to check auto-renew date.

Contact privacy

Contact Privacy hides the identity of a Registrant when a user does a WHOIS lookup on that Registrant’s domain and shields them from spammers, identity thieves, and other undesirables.  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 if they want to reach the registrant.

Note: This cost is displayed only if Contact Privacy is offered for the TLD that you are registering.

Lock domain

Domain locking is a security feature that prohibits certain changes to a domain such as transfers and DNS modifications.  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.

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Contact information

Enter or edit the contact details for the Owner, Administrator, Billing, and Technical contacts 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. Make sure that the postal/zip codes and phone numbers are formatted correctly for that country.

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.

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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.

The default nameservers are,, and

Note: Our nameservers are to be used exclusively in the OpenSRS Environment, if a domain is transferred away from OpenSRS our nameservers will no longer resolve DNS Records for your domain.

Use Our Nameservers The domain is assigned the default OpenSRS nameservers; this is required if you want to take advantage of DNS/Zone features.
Park with Ads Domain displays sponsored ads and is assigned the default parking nameservers.
Use Your Own Nameservers Specify your own nameservers, a minimum of 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.

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

Apply the default DNS template

  1. In the Nameservers section of the domain registration form, click the radio button beside Use Our Nameservers.

In the DNS section, from the  DNS Template drop-down list, choose No template to use the default template.
Note: When the domain is registered, DNS is enabled, but the zones are not yet defined. You will have to specify the zone information later.
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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, choose the template you want to use from the DNS template drop-down list. DNS is enabled, and the zone information from the template is assigned to the domain.

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