DomainBrain

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In keeping with all my website hosting and domain moves of late I thought I would share a great app with you: DomainBrain. If you are managing several websites of your own or are a web developer and managing a bunch of websites then you should seriously consider getting this app.

 

Website Management

Here is the problem. When you manage lots of websites and domain names (I manage 12 websites and about 15 domain names) you need to keep track of all kinds of login information for each site. If it is a WordPress blog there is added information like a MySql database and a login for managing the blog content and settings. Plus, quite often, people have several email addresses associated with the particular domain. There are always passwords for each email account. And, there is usually other information that you need to track from your hosting service like renewal dates and Nameservers.

Now if you were handy with a database program like Filemaker Pro or Panorama you could build your own solution like I did for my software serial numbers. I did that because the third party software for that purpose just sucked and was not supported well. However, if you can find an app that works well for a specific purpose then I say use it. Enter the excellent DomainBrain software.

DomainBrain

I have been using DomainBrain (hereinafter referred to as DB). for years to keep track of all my website and domain information. I would not be without it. Here is how they describe their app on their website:

DomainBrain is a handy tool for Mac OS X that helps webmasters and web designers keep track of server and login information for websites they maintain.
– via domainbrainapp.com

Let me show you the main window of the app. I have entered some explanations of the various sections (categories) that you can use:

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My explanations are fairly explanatory. If you manage websites you will understand them. I do not use all these categories for every website, just what applies to that type of site. As you can see it is pretty thorough as far as the info you can store. You cannot see this in my example, but typically you would have a bunch of websites listed in the left column. When you clicked on the website the information would appear to the right.

If you look in the lower right corner of the above window you see the Categories listed. You can uncheck the ones you do not need or you can add and delete different ones by clicking on Manage Categories:

Basically, you can customize the information you store in the app to whatever works for you. I have pretty much gone with the default Categories, but mix and match as much as you like.

You can try DB for free with one website just to see if it is a good fit for you. If you like it, and I cannot imagine why you would not, you can buy it for $29. Yes, a bit pricey for an app that is a “one horse band”, but if you are an app developer or just manage several websites this app is a must have.

Conclusion

I highly recommend DomainBrain for all your website/domain information storage needs. It is supported well and works great in El Capitan.

2 comments

  1. It doesn’t work properly in Mac OS Sierra (error message on application launch, but appears to function normally after that). Plus it hasn’t been updated since 2010.

    I agree with you that it is a great app, but I would like to see it updated.

    1. Yes, you are right. It has problems. It does seem that they are not going to update it, that is a shame. I really like the app. I am thinking about making a similar setup for myself using Filemaker Pro. It would not be as nice, but it would be functional.

      Doug

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