Domain Parking in the Era of “Not Secure” Warnings

Google Chrome will start showing a “Not Secure” message from October 2017 when a form is filled in a regular HTTP page. This will affect many parked domain sites that have a contact form (there is a post about this at DomainNameWire.Com).

Buying SSL Certificates for all the domains, even at the low $3-$5 price range,  is not a great solution when your portfolio contains hundreds or thousands of domains.

Fortunately there is a free option.

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority that provides free and renewable 90 day SSL certificates. With a little bit of help from scripts it is also possible to automate the issue and renewals of the SSL certificates.

You can use Let’s Encrypt to create a single certificate that will support upto a 100 domains. There is also no need to have a unique IP address for each site (though this will not work for end users with XP + IE systems).

There are some problems when using SSL for hundreds of domains. For simple HTTP parked pages one could simply point all the domains to a standard web page / script and then use a single web server configuration. With HTTPS a separate web server configuration is required for each domain. This will make the job a little complicated when you have hundreds or thousands of domains to configure.

There are some rate limits on the certificates that are issued by Let’s Encrypt. Please see the details here.

You may need to contact your hosting provider to get them to support and install Let’s Encrypt certificates. If you are on a VPS or dedicated server and have root access you should be able to do this yourself.

Watch this space and domainpunch.com for additional hints and help on this.

Watch My Domains SED Updated

We have updated Watch My Domains SED (Server / Cloud Edition). The new additions include

  • Improved subdomain manager to support non-admin users. Only the domains and subdomains viewable by the user (based on configured access rights) will be diaplayed in the table.
  • Added the option to specify [catlist] in auto queries instead of the full catgeory table name with prefix. 
  • Added an option to upload CSV file for subdomain data. You can import all the four ‘notes’ columns using a CSV file.
  • The user interface will be refreshed automatically when you change the theme in ‘basic app setup’.
  • Fixed an issue with domains that have data in non english languages when doing a registry / registrar whois re-parsing.
  • Added support for extracting dates in the YYYYMMDD (eg. 20151123) format.
  • Minor improvements.

 

Watch My Domains SED, Main Screen

Monitor SSL Expiry Dates using Watch My Domains SED (Cloud Edition)

Now that most websites have started using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) it is important that these certificates are renewed at regular intervals. It is difficult to manage the SSL certificates and keep track of their expiry dates if you use SSL for a large number of sub-domains.

Easily Manage your SSL Certificates

You can monitor and track expiry dates of all your SSL certificates using Watch My Domains Server Edition.

Here is a sample SSL Expiry report generated by Watch My Domains SED. It can be configured to look the way you want it. You can also have the application email you this  report on daily / weekly or monthly basis.

SSL Certificate Expiry Report created by Watch My Domains SED

Learn more about Watch My Domains SED.