Locking .CA domain names

The transition to the new EPP-based registry platform for .CA domains went very smoothly. The last of a couple of minor bugs have now been fixed and everything is back to the new normal for .CA domains.

We thank all of our Resellers for their help and patience throughout the transition process. The result is a better experience for .CA domain registrants and a .CA domain extension that’s much easier to sell and support.

Locking your .CA domains

We do have one important follow-up note for Resellers with .CA domains in their accounts. With the transition to the new platform, domain locking is now available for .CA domains. The default state for domains after the transition is “unlocked” so you will want to lock the .CA domains in your account to provide an added level of security to the registrants of those domains.

Using the “Bulk Domain Change Management” section of the Reseller Web Interface makes this a pretty simple task:

  • Click on “Bulk Domain Change Management”. Then click “Bulk Domain Search” which will allow you to get a list of all the .CA domains in your account.
  • Search for “*” and select .ca domains in the “Search for domains by TLD” section. Add your email address and click “Results to File” to run the search.
  • In a few minutes, you’ll receive a list of the .ca domains in your account. Copy the list out of the email and then paste it into a text editor and save it as a .txt file with one domain per line.
  • Return back to the “Bulk Domain Change Management” screen and click on “Domain Lock” to start the locking process.
  • On the next screen, select “Upload a list of items” and then “Choose File” to upload the text file you just created. Add your email address to get a confirmation email when the bulk change is completed. Then select “Lock Domain(s)” and click “Submit” to lock the domains.

Here’s a quick screencast tutorial demonstrating how to do it:

3 thoughts on “Locking .CA domain names

  1. James,

    Perhaps I’m bringing this up in the wrong venue. It seems a reasonable venue to me, but my question under another CIRA-related post went unanswered.

    Anyway, now that CIRA has a new system that OpenSRS so obviously considers to be an improvement, when can we expect a reduction in the wholesale price of dot-ca domains? There are many retailers out there selling dot-ca domains for 30% less than OpenSRS’s wholesale price.

    I ask this specifically in light of the following notes in my account based on the renewals of two dot-ca domains (times and order numbers have been obfuscated) which show that the price breakdown that briefly appeared has since been removed:

    09-OCT-2010 12:34:56
    Order #12345678: Domain Renewal (1 year: $14.00); Registry fee: $7.25; Management fee: $6.75;

    19-OCT-2010 12:34:56
    Order #87654321: Domain Renewal (1 year: $14.00);

    What’s the justification for keeping the management fee at more than twice the management fee for gTLDs?


  2. Hi Craig,

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this.

    You are probably already aware that we don’t price ccTLDs using the ‘cost-plus’ model that we use for the gTLDs. There are a couple of reasons for that, including currency fluctuations, amongst other things. That said, we do look at our pricing for ccTLDs regularly and we have made adjustments to ccTLD pricing in the past, when and where it was deemed appropriate.

    Right now, we have no plans to reduce our pricing on .CA domains, but as mentioned, it is something that we do look at on a regular basis.


  3. Hi James,

    Thanks for your reply. If I was aware that ccTLDs are not priced according to the cost-plus model, then I had forgotten. (It rings a bell, actually, but I just assumed that the “plus” part of the equation was different than what it is for gTLDs.) That makes my example transaction from 9 October — showing use of a cost-plus model — all the more curious.

    But the rate of exchange between the Canadian and US dollars is pretty darn stable, so I can’t really accept that reasoning. We deal with that in our own business, and in fourteen years I can’t say we’ve been burnt by fluctuating exchange rates once. Burnt by the banks every time we exchange money, yes, but we’ve never woken up one day to find that the US dollar is suddenly trading at fifty cents Canadian, or vice versa.

    Given that retail domain registrars can manage to sell dot-ca domains for 30% less than OpenSRS who, arguably, deal with a far savvier clientele that needs less support than the clientele of the retail registrars, I simply can’t see the justification for what looks like a 93% mark-up. While it’s obviously important to eat one’s own dog food, we maintain our dot-ca domains with one of the aforementioned retail registrars, while wildly overcharging our own clients just to make our own profit on the OpenSRS rate.

    I think you *should* reconsider your pricing on dot-ca domains. However, that’s just one reseller’s opinion.


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