Davidson Domains is a College-sponsored web hosting service. Domains provides all Davidson students and faculty with a personally-owned and managed internet presence. This gives faculty and students a way to build a website where they control everything.
If we picture the internet as a house with an infinite number of rooms, Domains provides you with your own room, to be decorated to your taste and shared at your discretion. It's designed to encourage ownership and engagement in digital spaces, both private and public. During your time at Davidson, you may use your domain for class projects, portfolios, clubs, or other digital endeavors. Once you graduate, you can take your domain with you.
Think of your domain name as the big, brightly-lit sign pointing the way to your space on the internet -- it's your primary identifier. It should be memorable, personal, and available. Also, changing domain names is difficult, so take the process of selecting the name seriously.
It's also important to understand the structure of a domain name. It's not the same as a URL. http://www.google.com/ is a URL. It includes that "http://", which is a protocol, as well as "www.google.com", which is the domain name. The protocol basically tells your browser or device how to talk to your domain.
The domain name breaks down into three parts, read from right to left. First is the top level domain or TLD. There are many TLDs. The most common, and those available to you, are .com, .org, and .net.
The second level domain (SLD) is the name you register and own -- the "google" in "www.google.com". Your SLD/TLD combination must be unique, and should be something particular to you. If you do not have a common name we suggest you use your full name as your SLD. For example, if your name is Emma Davidson, you might choose emmadavidson.com or emmadavidson.net.
If, on the other hand, you have a common name, think about ways to make it stand out. For example, if your name is Jane Doe, you could use janepenelopedoe.com or name it after how you may want to be remembered/searched on the internet (for example, janedoethepainter.com).
The third part of the domain name is the subdomain -- the "www" portion of "www.google.com". Subdomains can be thought of as walled-off parts of your domain, created at your discretion for specific classes, projects, software, etc. Subdomain names need not be unique, and do not require registration. For example, Emma Davidson might want subdomains for her writing class, her blog, and her favorite game, so she'd create wri101.emmadavidson.net, blog.emmadavidson.net, and flickerball.emmadavidson.net.
To get started, you'll need a unique SLD/TLD combination. To verify that the domain name you want is available, use whois.com.
You may come across situations where one variant of a particular SLD is taken, while others are not. For example, janedoe.com is taken, but janedoe.net and janedoe.org are available. It's generally better not to take an available variant in such cases, because loading the wrong SLD/TLD combo may lead to confusion. Better to find an SLD where all TLD combos are available.
Once you've selected the SLD name you want and verified its availability:
- Go to domains.davidson.edu and click on the Get Started link.
- To log in, use your @davidson.edu credentials.
- Enter your preferred second-level domain name, choose a top level domain from the drop-down menu.
- After choosing your SLD/TLD combination, check its availability. If it’s available, click on register.
- You will be asked to agree to terms and then to create your domain.
- Once you’ve done this you will receive several emails to your @davidson.edu account. One of these will ask you to click a link to verify the validity of your email address. Please find this email and confirm immediately. If the email does not appear in your inbox check you junk mail folder.
Note: If you don't confirm your email address, your domain registration may be invalidated after 30 days. If you don't receive the confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact us!
After you confirm your email, you're good to go!
Check out our Domains section for following steps.
If you have any other questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and use subject Davidson Domains.