Setting Up the NameBay API
NameBay is another great option to run for drop catching! Their reseller prices are affordable and comparable to most others with .COM & .NET domains costing a little under $10/each. This short article will explain how you can obtain NameBay API access and begin running them. This API sends about 1 request per second, offers multiple extensions, and has a minimum deposit of 20Euro.
Unlike some of the other registrars available inside DesktopCatcher, NameBay accounts cannot be setup and activated instantly. Instead, you’ll need to follow some steps which includes printing, signing, scanning, and emailing back a Reseller Agreement form. Still, their API sends requests at a decent speed and they are worth enabling for those wanting to maximize the power of this software!
Step 1) The initial step to setting up your NameBay API account is signing up through their website. Complete the Reseller Signup form and submit it instantly. (Note: Don’t forget to check the NAMEBAY API box at the top!)
Step 2) Now that your account has been submitted it will need to be reviewed and approved. To speed up this process I recommend emailing Chloe at the following address (chloe.faget AT namebay.com). Let her know you were referred to NameBay by Andrew (Contact ID: AW85414) and that you’ve already signed up to be a reseller through their website. She’ll get back to you with more details, including the Reseller Agreement form.
Step 3) Once Chloe (or another NameBay representative) has sent you the Reseller Agreement form you will need to print this up, sign it, scan the signed copy, and then email that back to them. (Note: The reseller agreement form asks for a Business name. If you do not have a business then simply use your full name instead.)
Step 4) After the form has been submitted your production account should be activated and ready to go. Login to your NameBay account and complete the minimum deposit of at least 20Euro. Then, create a contactID which will be used inside the software.
Step 5) To setup your contact ID, login to NameBay and scroll down to find the My Contacts link on the main account page. Click that and a sub-menu should appear. Click on the Create a contact button and proceed to setup a new contactID. Write the ID down after it’s been created because you’ll need this inside DesktopCatcher.
Step 6) The final step is to open DesktopCatcher and save your NameBay API information. Open the software and visit Settings – API Settings – NameBay – Key. Here you will need to enter your Production Account ContactID & Password. This would be the ID & Password used when logging into your NameBay reseller account (Note: Make sure these details are for the PRODUCTION environment and NOT for the OTE environment). Next, you will also need to enter another ContactID. This should be the ContactID which you just created in Step 5. Finally, you will need to enter two sets of NameServers. These can always be changed when a domain is successfully caught, so if you’re unsure what to use then just user ns1.sedoparking.com and ns2.sedoparking.com for each. Finally, you can choose to check and enable the Trustee Service and WhoIs Privacy options, but these are usually not required.
That’s it! You’ve now finished setting up your NameBay API access and adding those details into DesktopCatcher. Once you save the settings you’ll be ready to start automatically registering more expired domains! If you have any questions or issues while trying to setup the NameBay API please contact us and we’ll be happy to work with you further.