The premium domain handling described below offers both, the possibility to submit applications and register premium domain names through the automated RRPproxy system by using the EPP-Fee extension. It is a fully automated handshake process between the RRPproxy and the registries on one side and between the RRPproxy and the registrar on the other side.
Premium Domain Handling
Currently, we have all premium domain names blacklisted with a notification to contact our support for ordering these domain names. With the new system, we are changing the way premium domains are handled on a registrar basis so every registrar can take his own decision on how he wants to handle premium domain names.
The new premium domain system will be disabled by default for each registrar.
This causes our system to return "domain name not available" on availability checks for a premium domain name through our API. This will avoid the problem most registrars faced with the old implementation mentioned in the introduction.
We will add a new position in the registrar account settings where the premium domain handling can be activated using the fee extension through our API. The activation of the premium domain handling will require the registrar to implement the fee extension into our API connection. For all registrars that are not interested in premium domain names, no changes are required!
For registrars that want to manually handle premium domain names through our web interface (WI), there are also no changes required!
Premium domain names can be registered and managed through our web interface without activating the premium domain settings! The web interface will always show additional information and specific prices for premium domain names so they cannot be mistakenly registered.
Already registered premium domain names will not be out of control if the premium domain handling is not activated, since automated renewals will still work for all domain names. However, explicit interactions with premium domain names like creates, explicit renewals (not auto renewals), transfers, trades (billable trades only) and restores will require the implementation of the fee extension using the API (not the WI).
The fee extension is more or less a handshake process that ensures correct accounting since most new gTLD registries could change the price of a domain name every second! In addition to a regular availability check, registrars will also request the prices in the same API call. The submission of the fee extensions will be required for premium domain name registrations afterwards.
Example Availability Check for premium.name with the price request for a 2 year registration