Using the credentials in your Welcome Email and the OpenSRS Login > OpenSRS Control Panel, you can easily manage domains that are registered with Nexcess.
OpenSRS Login: Using the OpenSRS Control Panel
Have you registered your domain with Nexcess? Then this article is for you. We will guide you through the steps to manage your domain using the OpenSRS Login > OpenSRS Control Panel.
What Does OpenSRS Do?
OpenSRS is part of the company Tucows and services its domain name reseller services division. Tucows provides domain names and other Internet services, and the company has approximately 11.1 million domain names that it manages.
Tucows is one of the five largest domain registrars in the world. A domain registrar is a company that manages the reservation of Internet domain names.
A Domain Registrant is considered the "owner" of the domain. Tucows/OpenSRS is a Domain Registrar. A Domain Registrar works with a Domain Registrant, or the owner of a domain, and a Domain Name Registry.
What is OpenSRS?
The full name when spelled out is , and you use your OpenSRS Login to sign on to the platform. With the OpenSRS Control Panel, you can easily manage your domains registered with Nexcess. You can configure the nameserver records, get the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)/Transfer Authorization Code, lock or unlock the domain, update the WHOIS information, and much more. In addition, you can log into the OpenSRS Control Panel l by using the username and password in the Welcome Email when you registered the domain.
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OpenSRS Login: How to Access Your Account
To access your account follow the steps below:
The Welcome Email sent to you should contain the OpenSRS Login credentials you need.
Click on OpenSRS Login URL.
Type in the domain name you want to manage along with the registrant username and password.
Click on the Manage Domain option.
If you are unsure of your login information, contact our 24/7 support team.
Management Options in OpenSRS
In this article, we will walk you through the management options available on your OpenSRS Control Panel:
- Manage Your Domain Profile
Manage Contact/WHOIS Information
- Name Servers/Nameserver Record
- Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)/Transfer Authorization Code
- Reseller Contact
- Domain Locking
Managing the Domain Profile
You can use the Domain Profile Management section to:
Change the username and password that control a domain name, usually to transfer control to another person.
Transfer the domain name to another profile to either transfer control of the domain name to someone else or to organize domain name control.
Allow and add sub-users to manage parts of or all information related to this domain name.
Contact & WHOIS Information
It is recommended to use an email address from a free email provider like GMAIL, in the Organization Contact Information and Admin Contact Information fields. This is because in the event the domain cancels or expires, all DNS-related services will stop working, including email. If that contact email address used is an email mailbox that is connected to this domain, you will not be able to receive notifications by email. So, if you want to get notices from the Domain Registrar even after the domain is canceled or expired, you have to use an email mailbox that will be reachable at that time.
This section allows you to view and edit information about the company or entity associated with the domain that you are managing. With this interface, you cannot change the organization that owns the .CO.UK or .ORG.UK domain name. Do not hesitate to get in touch with Nexcess Support to amend/alter this information.
This section allows you to view and edit information about the admin contact for a domain and who has the authority to modify domain records.
The billing contact is responsible for billing issues associated with domain registration. Registration and payment fees must be up to date at all times to avoid interruption in service. To maintain proper renewal fee payment without issue, the billing contact information must be accurate at all times.
Technical Contact Information
The technical contact is an authority for a domain name related to web hosting, email, and other DNS records. In most cases, the technical contact will be an ISP or web hosting provider, but it can be anyone the Domain Registrant chooses. The reseller's technical contact profile populates this information by default.
We are the reseller for the domain you have registered with Nexcess, and therefore we recommend our contact details be maintained in the Technical Contact Information fields.
Name Servers (Also Known as Nameservers & Namserver Records)
Managing a domain's nameserver records can be done through the domain's Manage Name Servers section. This section also allows registrants to create custom nameserver records based on their domain names.
Creating or Modifying a Nameserver Record
What is the EPP Code?
EPP Code stands for Extensible Provisioning Protocol Code which is like a password required to transfer a domain from one registrar to another. Some Domain Registrars refer to the EPP Code as a Transfer Authorization Code, a Transfer Secret Key, or a Domain Auth Code.
In OpenSRS, the code is referred to as a Domain Auth Code. This code is different from the username and password required for end users to manage domains. On the Domain Extras page, Domain Registrants can view and change their Domain Auth Code using the Manage Web Interface. You will see the current Domain Auth Code on this page. You can change the and click Save Configuration button to update it. Some specific domain names do not require a Transfer Authorization Code or EPP Code to transfer a domain between Domain Registrars. If you cannot see or set an EPP Code on a specific domain, please refer to Column I of our OpenSRS Domain TLD Reference Chart to determine if it requires one.
This section shows the Reseller Contact of the registrant and allows you to opt out of displaying this information via WHOIS.
This section shows registrants whether their domains are currently locked or unlocked.
If a domain is locked, transfers and DNS modification cannot be made until the domain is unlocked. Locking a domain ensures that registrants have complete control over their domain's changes, including transfers and DNS modifications. It is a security measure that safeguards domains from unauthorized changes.
Domain Registrants who want to perform DNS updates or transfer their domain to another provider must unlock their domain first. Not all Internet offer domain locking. To find out if your TLD supports domain locking, refer to Column C of OpenSRS Domain TLD Reference Chart.
Summary of Features: OpenSRs Login > OpenSRS Control Panel
In this article, we learned how to use your OpenSRS Login and the different sections within the OpenSRS Control Panel, including what they are used for. Although there are many important details shared in the article, the most critical pieces of knowledge covered include domain locking and how to get the (also known as the ). We hope this article was helpful in growing your understanding and usage of the OpenSRS Login and OpenSRS Control Panel with respect to domain management.
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