Explore Domain of One’s Own

Welcome to Domain of One's Own. On this page you'll find lots of information about the project and how to get started claiming your own domain.

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What is Domain of One's Own? Domain of One’s Own is a signature initiative here at UMW, and it represents a unique opportunity for you, as students, to begin taking ownership of and building your digital identity. The DoOO project allows UMW students, faculty, and staff to register their own domain name and associate it with a hosted web space, free of charge while at UMW. Remember, at any time you can visit the Digital Knowledge Center to get help. More: Domain of One’s Own: A Brief History

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Choose a Domain Name

The first step to building your digital identity is choosing a domain name. This is no trivial choice; once you have selected a domain name, its yours for your entire time at UMW. You want to make sure that you choose something that both reflects who you are now, but also who you hope to be in four years upon graduation (and applying for jobs!).

More: How to pick a domain name

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Learn More

One of the goals of the DoOO project is to help you become more familiar with how the web works and your place within it. We want to give you the agency and knowledge to be able to not just understand, but be an active and informed participant on the web. Choose one of these three articles to read and reflect on how you can incorporate the ideas into your own digital presence.

Readings:

  1. The Web We Need to Give to Students by Audrey Watters
  2. Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger
  3. Why do my Facebook Friends look just like me? by Mark C. Marino

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Sign Up for Your Domain Name

Now that you’ve selected a domain name, and thought a little about what your web presence might be like moving forward, sign up for your domain by clicking on the button below!

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Verify Your Domain Name

This is an important next step - you need to confirm your domain within two weeks of signing up. You should receive an email within a few hours of signing up. If you do not, CHECK YOUR JUNK AND/OR CLUTTER EMAIL FOLDERS. It can often end up there.

If you don't verify your domain within the 2 week time period, your site will become unavailable until you do.

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Get Inspired

You now have your domain, but there’s nothing there...yet. Over the past five years, students have built thousands of domains and subdomains for a variety of purposes. Below, you can browse and learn about the most common kinds of sites students are creating so you can start thinking about your own! 

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Build a Site

Now that you have some clearer ideas about what you want to do with your site, it’s time to install WordPress. WordPress is a Content Management System (or CMS) which allows users to easily create a website. Over 27% of the Internet uses WordPress for their sites, so you’ll be in good company! There’s a step-by-step guide linked below with easy-to-follow instructions to get you started.

More: WordPress Installation Instructions

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Get More Help

You have a domain, you’ve installed WordPress...Now what? The experienced peer tutors at the Digital Knowledge Center (DKC) can help you with next steps, like site organization, putting up media, and creating subdomains. Click the button below to make an appointment!