The core of the new .PS/Falasteen Registry software package is based on the COCCA system. It is a database used to maintain both current and historical information on domain names, registrants, contacts, hosts and associated billing records. The primary means of communicating with the database is via an API that conforms to the RFC’s that define the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (“EPP”). EPP is often considered the “gold standard” in a TLD registry. The specifications have been developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (“IETF”) and are not proprietary.
Use of the EPP standard helps ensure compliance, best-practice in registry operations, and enables the registry operator to more easily attract registrars. An established registrar can generally connect to an EPP TLD registry with little or no development effort. An EPP registry is generally considered to be an “advanced”, “industrial strength” solution and difficult for small ISPs or resellers to integrate with – and therefore to be avoided by small TLDs. While this is to some extent true this common complaint has been resolved with the Espresso software package by developing a robust web-based graphical user interface (“GUI”). A registrar can simply login to the web page maintained by the registry operator (which in turn speaks to the EPP server) to register and manage domains. There is no need for a reseller or ISP managing a small number of domains to know anything about EPP or even to bother connecting via the API.