Now Domains in the Command Line
now lets you buy domains through the CLI. Pretty nifty, but missing some crucial affordances that make it less usable than an online interface.
Making a purchase request
Making a request is very easy—you enter the domain name, it shows you if it available, and the action you want to take, with the default action being the safe one and asking for affirmative confirmation to complete the purchase.
So far so good.
Approving the request
Things get tricky at this point.
As the purchase is confirmed, the pricing information is lost. CLI apps usually have the tendency to go to the next line as an action is taken, but NOW Domains changes the line
And when the purchase is completed, there is absolutely no information to show how much it is purchased for. With any purchase of any kind, the confirmation text should include what a user bought, and for how much.
As this is a command line app, not changing the lines that showed up would have sufficed to satisfy the need for information. Alas, by modernizing the command line, they’ve removed some of the major benefits of it.