Do you own more than one domain? If so, how do you monitor them? Do you use your Web host (if they have a decent management/monitoring dashboard), or do you use another tool? Using your Web host may be convenient for you if you have domains from the same registrar, but what if you have domains from different registrars? Then it can get a bit tricky.
I was fortunate enough to find Dominder, a free tool that lets you manage and monitor many domains from a single dashboard. It also includes a few features that your Web host may not offer, like the ability to add notes to your domains, check your domain for malware and blacklisting, and keep up with the Whois information.
I have 20 domains on my hosting account and I’m not very fond of GoDaddy’s domain manager, so having a tool like Dominder really comes in handy. Let’s take a closer look.
You can sign up on Dominder for free. If you plan on using the SMS notifications feature, that will cost you money – after you use up your 5 free SMS-credits.
Once you’re signed up, you can add domains to your account via the “Add Domains” button at the top right of the page. You can add more than one domain at a time and add tags if you’d like.
Once you’ve added all of your domains, you will get a glimpse of their expiration status along with the features that are turned on/off for each one. Since you won’t have any information added yet, you won’t really find the dashboard too useful.
There is a navigation menu on the left side of the dashboard and one at the top. The top navigation gives you quick access to notifications, SMS credits and settings. The navigation menu on the left side is used to access the features, which are described in more detail below.
These are the main features of Dominder:
Reminders – You will receive renewal reminders (via email or SMS) in advance, so that you can keep up with your domain’s expiration date.
When you click on Reminders in the left navigation menu, you can see which types of reminders you’re receiving (email or SMS) and how often. To change your reminder settings, select a domain and click on the “Edit” button – or click “Delete” if you want to remove reminders for a specific domain.
Monitoring – You can track your site’s status and get email and/or SMS notifications when it’s offline. Dominder can check your domain every 3, 5, 10, or 60 minutes. There are even interactive charts that show you when your sites are loading more slowly than usual; to see your chart, just click on the domain and it will pop down below it.
Clicking on Website Monitoring in the left navigation menu will show you the status of your domains. The tracking feature is turned off by default, so you’ll need to turn it on and choose a ping frequency.
Whois – Get detailed information about your domains like IP address, server configuration, server location, and NS servers. You can also track changes to any of this information and export the information in txt, csv, or xml format.
Notes – You may need to remember some important information pertaining to one of your domains; the notes area is great for this. You can store data and information and look at them when you need to – this is really convenient.
To add a note to your domain, just click on Notes in the left navigation menu and then click on the domain that you want to add a note to. A little drop-down will display underneath and you can click on “Edit” to add a note. You can also add a note to all of your domains at once, by selecting them all and clicking on the “Edit” button at the top.
Blacklists – Is your domain blacklisted or does it contain malware? Dominder can let you know with its Blacklists and Security option. Your domain will be checked daily and you can be notified via email or SMS as soon as a potential threat is found.
You can see the status of your domains by clicking on “Blacklists & Security” in the left navigation menu. You can also use the edit button to choose the Security and Blacklist services that you want to use.
Finances – Do you keep track of the costs and revenue for your domains? Do you need to keep track of financial transactions such as expenses? Dominder is great for this as well and it provides a summary table so that you can analyze the cost and revenue for your domains.
So, is Dominder game-changing? No, but it is definitely a useful tool that provides a lot of great information and features in a single location. For instance, I bet you may be using separate services for all of the above features, right? Why use 6 different features when you can have everything in one? It’s kind of a no-brainer, don’t you think?
Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.