Why Secure Your Own Domain?
Take a moment to search your name on Google.

What comes up first: your Facebook profile? Your LinkedIn connections? A few people who aren’t even you? If you spend any time on the Internet, you’ve left a digital footprint here and there. Those footprints make up your digital identity; that’s who you are according to the Internet. It’s increasingly common for potential employers to examine a job candidate’s digital identity.

With a few basic web skills, you can make sure your online identity accurately represents you. With your own domain, you establish and manage your own website for anything you need. CNDLS developers recommend the following readings as a starting place to understand the importance of digital identity and literacy.

Digital Literacy empowers you to manage who you are, according to the Internet. This blog post discusses the basics of digital identity.
Personal identity now includes enormous amounts of networked data. Reclaim Hosting’s Jim Groom discusses digital literacy in Wired Magazine, 2012, hoping that “[students] would become, in myriad small but important ways, system administrators for their own digital lives.”
Data Ownership by students changes the conversation about online publishing. This student blogger points out that Domain projects brings a greater focus on student agency and empowerment.
Domains vs Subdomains
Every website has a specifically organized name and location, or URL. All URLs are registered and managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

Top-Level Domains

The end of the URL (.com, .edu, .org, etc.) is called the Top-Level Domain, and tells you what type of site you’re visiting. Each country has their own TLD, like .us or .uk. The .com TLD was intended for commercial sites, but is used broadly. Recently, ICANN expanded TLDs to allow almost any word. That made it possible for our Domains site to be georgetown.domains.

Domains

This part of a URL usually coincides with the website’s name, like “Georgetown” in georgetown.domains. Of course, domain names are subject to availability: if you hope to secure something like iamawesome.com, you’ll find that it’s already taken.

Subdomains

This is what we currently offer on Georgetown Domains. When you create a website here, your URL will be [your choice].georgetown.domains. This connects your site to your presence and work at Georgetown.

These three elements form your Domains URL. Once you register your subdomain, you have creative control over that website’s content, appearance, and availability.
When you’re ready to set up your own space, click on the Dashboard link in the menu above.
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