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.
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.
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.
Sign Up for Your Domain
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!
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. Browse and learn about the most common kinds of sites students are creating so you can start thinking about your own!
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.
You have a domain, you’ve installed WordPress…Now what? Check out the Help Guides and/or visit Digital Knowledge Center (DKC). The experienced peer tutors at the DKC can help you with next steps, like site organization, putting up media, and creating subdomains.
If you’d like to go even further with Domain of One’s Own, consider applying to be a 2018-2019 Domain Fellow. This program brings together a group of students who meet regularly to talk about the technology and philosophy behind Domain of One’s Own. Each fellow also develops and creates an independent project on their domain and acts as an ambassador to the larger campus for UMW Domains. Fellows receive a $500 stipend for their participation during the year.
Periodically, we will host events and programs related to Domain of One’s Own. You can stay informed about these by following our social media accounts.