I have been having fun watching Tim blog through his recent application experiments on the Reclaim Cloud. What I love is his experiments is they are honest, when he tries out an app he is really not sure if it will run. In fact, I am on the edge of my seat to see if it worked when reading posts like this and this. 🙂 So, inspired by Tim as I often am, I looked through the list of awesome self-hosted apps he linked to in his penultimate post to continue my experimentation in the Cloud. The application I landed on was DomainMOD, which is a tool for managing domains you have registered across different registrars, hosting companies etc. It’s a custom tool for folks like me who have a domain hoarding problem, and it comes at a perfect time given I am continuing to try and get my digital house in order, and with 31 domains registered all over the place, this would be an app I can actually use.
So, the first step was installing, and while it is a pretty straight-forward PHP/MySQL app, I noticed there was a Docker container, so I tried that out and it was dead simple. I spun up a Docker Engine instance in Reclaim Cloud.
After that I created a domainmod directory in the /home directory via command line:
And then from the /home/domainmod directory I ran the following two commands
git clone https://github.com/domainmod/docker.git
docker-compose up -d
And that was it, DomainMOD was up and running and after that I spent the morning adding my domains to the interface so that I could track them more accurately. The app has the option to integrate with the APIs from the various registrars I currently use, i.e. eNom, Logicboxes, and OpenSRS, which is nice. I did a manual import to begin, but I was quickly able to get an overview of all my domains, annual cost, what’s private, where DNS lives, associated registrar, as well as a category (right now I have 3: personal, ds106, and Reclaim).
I am clocking just about $600 a year on domains, which is $50 a month. The custom domains really killed my wallet. I may have to do some pruning, having all the jimgroom TLDs may not be all that necessary, although the bava.blog, bava.tv and bava.rocks are absolutely essential 🙂 I’ll have to continue to play a bit with DomainMOD given I have a fairly involved blog post where I want to track the registration of each of the domains over the years as a kind of personal history of my personal web since 2003 or so. But until then I am winning on the Cloud!