It’s a pretty big day at OpenSRS – we’re ready to take the wraps off our Control Panel and let Resellers give it a try starting today. You’ll probably agree that it’s been a bit of a long time in coming, but we’re pretty sure that once you see it and try it out, you’ll agree that it was well worth the wait.

The Control Panel is far more than just a new skin for the current Reseller Web Interface (RWI). It’s a beautiful and modern web interface paired with a powerful new backend, both of which utilize the latest in web technologies. The result is a fast, intuitive place for you to quickly and easily manage your OpenSRS Services in ways that weren’t possible until now.

New OpenSRS control panel
For example, using the Domain Manager in the Control Panel, you’ll be able to nearly instantly see a full list of domains in your account, including the status of each of those domains – like whether it’s set to auto-renew when it expires, and if Contact Privacy is enabled. You’ll also be able to apply extensive filters to the list and see things like all the .com domains in your Reseller account that are expiring in the next 30 days – all in a matter of seconds.

And thanks to some of the great new technology that has been implemented, you can do all of this stuff whether you are managing three, 300 or even 300,000 domains.

It’s a preview, not a beta

Keep in mind that the Control Panel is a work-in-progress. We’re very confident that you’ll find it stable and feature-complete enough to use as the primary way you interact with OpenSRS. That said, there are still some features and elements still to come. As a result, you will need to head back to the RWI to do certain tasks – things like funding your account or using bulk tools.

More to come…soon!

We’re iterating quickly these days thanks to our agile development method and you can expect to see new features being added to the Control Panel fairly regularly until we’ve filled the gaps and brought over everything that exists in the RWI (and more). The addition of the Domain Manager tab to the Control Panel brings us one step closer to our goal of having a single, unified control panel that allows Resellers to manage domains, trust, email and publishing in one place.

We’ll be going into more detail about the thinking and also the technology behind the Control Panel in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Of course, we’d also love to hear what you think. Learn more, then log in and take a look around. We’d love to hear what you think – drop us a line in the comments.