Signing up on Domain of One’s Own

Choosing Your Domain Name

Choosing your domain name is the first step in getting started on Domain of One’s Own. Your domain name is really just a unique Web address that can be used to build out your own digital presence. As you make your choice, there are a few considerations to keep in mind:

What is a “Top Level Domain” (TLD)?
The TLD is the suffix (or ending part) of your domain name. On Domain of One’s Own, we only allow you to choose from four TLDs:

  • .com
  • .net
  • .org
  • .info

Can I change my domain name after signing up?
No. You should choose a domain name that you feel you can live with for quite some time. Many users choose their name, or a variation of their name, but as long as it’s available, you can have it.

What happens when I leave UMW?
UMW will host your domain as long as you are associated with the University. Upon leaving UMW, you’ll be able to decide if you wish to take over payment for your domain and web hosting. This will require migrating your domain and web hosting, which DTLT and the DKC can help you with. Recent graduates have 6 months to move their content. Graduate students can keep their domain and hosting on DoOO.

Signing up on Domain of One's Own

To get started on Domain of One’s Own, you’ll need to register a domain.

1. To start go to

2. Click the Login/Signup button. You’ll use your UMW NetID and password to create access the signup system and to log in.

3. Choose your domain name. Then choose the desired Top-Level Domain (TLD) from the drop-down menu. 

4. Click Checkout Now. (Don’t worry, it’s free for you!)

5. Review the Terms of Service.  Click the check box at the bottom of the Terms of Service, and the click the Register Now button.

That’s it. You’re now the proud owner of your own domain and Web hosting space!

Domain Verification

When you’ve recently created a domain with Domain of Ones Own, you are required to verify it with ICANN within 14 days or it will be suspended. When this happens, all of the sites and content you’ve created at your domain will still exist but they will no longer be available via a Web browser until you complete the verification process.

Locate Your Verification
Ideally, your verification email should show up in your UMW email main inbox shortly after you complete your domain registration, but could take up to 20 minutes. If the message is not in your inbox, then open your spam/junk folder.

The verification email message will be clearly marked with a subject line similar to “IMMEDIATE VERIFICATION required.” 

Screenshot of domain verification email

Click on the link in the message to verify your email. A Web page will appear notifying you that your email has been verified.

Resend Verification Email
If it has been over 14 days since signing up, your domain will have been suspended. You can resend the email message to yourself by visiting your site.

Enter the URL of your domain in your browser. A page similar to the screenshot below should appear. Enter the captcha in the prompt on the screen and click the Resend Verification Email. Be patient;  the message may 10-20 minutes to find its way to your email. 

screenshot of ICANN domain suspension warning

If you still do not see your verification email, students can visit the Digital Knowledge Center, and faculty/staff can email or visit DTLT