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.
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.
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.
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, as well as the full support of Georgetown developers.