How to Claim a UWGB Domain
This document will go through the steps for how to claim a domain via UWGB.org. You have probably landed on this page because you are in one of the classes that is utilizing UWGB Domains this semester, but even if you're not in one of those classes, you can sign up here for your own domain and use these resources to help you build your own sites.
If you've claimed a domain and are looking for next steps for setting it up with WordPress for an ePortfolio, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Choosing a Domain Name:
Choosing your domain name is the first step in getting started on with UWGB Domains. 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:
- Domain names are not easily changed.
- Choose a domain that you can live with; you will not be able to register another domain later
- You may wish to include your name in your domain because its a way for you to build your own digital presence.
- Don't use a course title as your domain--You can create a subdomain or a series of pages specific to the course.
- You can claim a subdomain that doesn't have anything to do with your name, but it does create a more professional presence if you feel comfortable doing so. Here are some considerations for choosing your subdomain:
- Is your name relatively common? Consider adding a middle initial when you claim your subdomain.
- Can you shorten your name for a web address? Sometimes we want to cultivate a professional identity, but you want to make it easier for people to find your site--your URL can be different than your website title and tagline!
- Do you want to use a pseudonym? Sometimes people don’t want to be easily found by a professional name or they want to try to keep their personal brand and their professional brand separate (authors do this all the time!) Some people don’t want to have an online presence for valid reasons--if you’re one of those people, you may wish to not create a public portfolio and instead create a Word document or PDF binder of your work.
- Do you want to use your UWGB username as the [blank]? You absolutely can—just know that it may not make sense to someone typing out the web address.
- Note: when you claim your subdomain, you will want that [blank] to be all lowercase letters without special characters or spaces! If you would like to "represent" a “space” you can do so with a dash (e.g. kate-farley).
The Sign-Up Process
Once you've thought about what you'd like for your domain name go to https://www.uwgb.org
Choose to "I'm here to claim a domain"
Click the "Get Started" Button to log in.
You will be redirected to the UWGB login page, where you will use your campus credentials:
Example: username: email@example.com | password: **********
Next, you will be asked if you'd like to sign up with the free subdomain (default) or if you'd like to register your own domain for $15/year.
If you choose the free subdomain you may choose the first part of the subdomain name:
If you choose to register your own domain you may choose something like this:
- Example: katefarley.uwgb.org is a subdomain name
- Example: katefarley.org is a domain that I registered on my own, and am paying to own the domain name for $15/year
Once you "Click to Continue>>" you will be given a Review and Checkout screen, where you can select the button that says "Register Now."
This form auto-fills with your First and Last name, your email address, and the University's contact information.
Once you click "Register Now," this next step will create your cPanel, which is where you will be installing your web applications (like WordPress).
After the order is complete, the page will refresh to your Control Panel (cPanel).
At this point you can either decide to use your File Manager to host files that you write yourself, or use a content management system like WordPress, or Omeka.
Here are some helpful next steps:
- If you decide to use WordPress as your content management system, you can use these instructions to install the application using the "Installatron"
- If you decide to use another content management system, and you've never used the Installatron, please email Kate Farley for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you've claimed your domain, you may want to follow these guides (especially if you're setting up an ePortfolio!).
- Install WordPress
- Pick a Theme and learn how to use it!
- Remove unused widgets from the theme side-bar
- Set a Homepage as the static page rather than most recent posts
- Create & enable a menu
- Create some categories to help organize your site for an audience (e.g. could be your majors, minors, emphases)
- Install plugins to add more functionality to your site
- Make sure you know how to log back in