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How to get a custom domain for your website

Custom domains are available through the university domain registration service

Department-level domain -


There is no charge for a department level domains, such as

How to request a department-level domain:

To request a new department-level domain, email your request to  In your request, please include in your request the following information:

  1. The custom name you would like for your site
    • Example: smithgroup

  2. The department-level domain you would like the site in
    • Example:,, or

  3. Where your website is hosted / the website's current URL
    • Example:  cPanel, current URL is

Once the domain is created, go to the Next Steps section. 

Custom third-level domain -

Third level domains are restricted to campus wide centers or endeavors, require approval from campus and are not free. They can only be paid for with university account numbers.


Third-level domains cost $10 per year plus domain registration fees. 

How to request a department-level domain:

First, you must choose a name for the domain - this must conform to the Acceptable Name Guidelines.

Second, email with the following: 

  • Requested domain name
  • Short description of the intended use for the domain
  • University account name and number (BOTH must be included!) to which any registration fees may be charged 
  • Where the website is hosted. Do not request the domain before you have created a hosting location.

Next steps

Once the custom domain is created and points to your web hosting, there are additional steps you will need to complete. 

  • If your website is hosted on the campus cPanel service:
    • The new domain will need to be "parked" on your cPanel account
    • If you are using a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress or Drupal, you should update the CMS's configuration to use the new URL
  • If your website is hosted on PIE (, see
    • When the domain has been created, see the section titled "These website configuration steps should be completed by the owner of the website hosted on Publish", about half-way down the page
  • If your website is hosted elsewhere, refer to the hosting documentation about adding a custom domain

KeywordsURL scs chemistry chbe web   Doc ID129681
OwnerJay G.GroupSchool of Chemical Sciences
Created2023-07-12 11:27:49Updated2023-07-12 12:11:30
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