Registrar & Reseller F.A.Q's
This section covers the basic Frequently Asked Questions related to Registrars, and are aimed at persons or entities considering becoming registrars for the .co.za domain name.
For more specific FAQs related to Registrars, please reference our Knowledgebase.
What is EPP?
In South Africa, UniForum is the Registry managing the South African based .co.za domain names. UniForum has been using a proprietary ‘Legacy’ system, which requires a parsing of mailings. Although effective, it is time consuming, potentially prone to errors, and outdated in comparison to EPP.
UniForum has adopted the EPP system to ease the process of dealing with co.za domains and their Registrars.
What is a .co.za Registrar?
In order to become a .co.za Registrar a company must be accredited by UniForum for the .co.za domain extension and successfully meet all their administration, legal and technical requirements.
Why become a Registrar?
Who is UniForum?
UniForum has over the years made use of a proprietary Legacy system for email-based domain registration, domain updates and deletion. They have recently adopted the globally-accepted EPP (Extensible Provisioning Protocol) system, which will significantly improve domain management and bring it in-line with international standards.
What is the Multi Registrar / Reseller EPP Control Panel
The Control Panel has been developed in collaboration with UniForum, the .co.za domain administration body. In addition, domains.co.za has developed a comprehensive API (Application Programing Interface) as well as a WHMCS billing system plugin.
Apart from providing a company with the technology they need to become a Registrar, the Control Panel has multiple benefits and features that will enhance the process of registering, managing and maintaining domain names.
Is there a demo available to test the system?
Can you still continue on the Legacy system with older domains?
Why do we have to pay domains.co.za a monthly fee for moving over to EPP?
What are the benefits of becoming a Registrar?
- An accredited Registrar on EPP will pay R39.90 per domain per annum, whereas the Legacy pricing will be increasing to R75 on the 1st March 2013.
- plus many many more benefits
Why do I need to pay UniForum a R5 000.00 registration fee?
What details will appear on new the domain registrations once I am a Registrar?
The Registrar’s client details will reflect in the relevant other fields, as well as details for nameservers (domains.co.za premium DNS solution).
How long does it take to move a domain from Legacy to EPP?
Can I integrate it into any billing system?
Can I register .com and all other domains through the EPP system?
Our accreditations allow a Registrar to register and transfer the majority of international TLD’s through the domains.co.za CP (Control Panel). A one-stop shop for all your domains and SSL requirements.
Why is there a minimum requirement for becoming a Registrar?
What is your relationship with UniForum?
domains.co.za did not receive any preferential treatment, or knowledge, as to what UniForum was developing. We worked closely with UniForum, as did a few other early adopters, and developed our solution.
domains.co.za was the 1st accredited Registrar in South Africa for the UniForum Registrar solution.
Can I move domains between Legacy and EPP? If not, why?
What makes your system reliable?
domains.co.za has built a redundant server infrastructure to accommodate the quantity of Registrars and domains on our system. Please refer refer to the diagram overview.
domains.co.za is in discussions with various 1st Tier providers to provide redundant data centres for failover.
How does your system differ from the OpenSource WHMCS EPP Module?
- The code does not support the EPP tunnels or queuing, so multiple simultaneous queries will cause an error.
- There is no facility to read the EPP Poll for messages
- No facility for monitoring of domain transfers.
- No facility for syncing your domains in WHMCS with what is on EPP.
- The register domain and transfer domain will fail if your customer's phone number does not conform to EPP Standards.
- The domains are automatically registered with auto-renew (on UniForum’s side) - When WHMCS auto-renews, your registrar account will be double billed.
- No ability to hand UniForum’s GLUE records for nameservers.