Domain names are all the rage in the 21st century. It seems that everybody and his brother have a web site, or a domain and a plan to create a web site one day. Domain names are bought and sold and collected.
My day job gives me management oversight of dozens of domain names. There was a time when the list was tracked in Stickies, then TextEdit, then a spreadsheet. I still use my Mac but now there’s an app for that.
Domainer is the only Mac app that’s been around long enough for me to trust (meaning; regular updates, actual support, the right blend of needed domain management features).
What Domainer does is basic and a little beyond. It keeps track of your domains, and gives you alerts to which ones are about to expire. But there’s more.
It also tracks stats on Google PageRank, AlexaRank, Incoming Links from search engines, social tags on Delicious, and Digg hits. That lets you sort which of your managed sites have the best, or worst, performance online.
Domainer is a simple database that captures domain information automatically from WHOIS. Domain expiration dates can tied into iCal so you get notifications. Of course, iCal also syncs with iPhone and iPad so you’re notifications go with you.
Beyond that, Domainer is also a place to store server information, including login ID’s, passwords, FTP URLs and much more.
Assume you have many domains. Domainer gives you an option to create smart groups. It works like playlists in iTunes. Group domains scheduled to expire or renew, for example.
There’s a built-in import function so if you’ve been keeping your domain list elsewhere, it can be imported rather easily into Domainer (except from Stickies).
All the WHOIS information you need is stored, too, including registrar. Using Domainer is mostly self explanatory, but there are online video tutorials to help you with the finer points.
This is one of those highly focused, but regularly used apps that makes tracking domain name information oh so much easier.