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How to obtain a web domain name for your website

Types of Domain Name

Top level domain name - www.[unit].ox.ac.uk

Not all websites will qualify for a top level domain name - please review the Divisional Policy and follow the instructions for application if you think that you qualify.

The process can take a few weeks, so don't leave it to the last minute.

Alias - [unit].[dept].ox.ac.uk

Please check with your Department Administrator and speak to your local IT officer as this type of website name can often be set up by them. 

External domain name - www.[name].org

Please consult with your Department Administrator. If your website is hosted internally, it is best to buy your domain name through IT Services. If you buy elsewhere please ensure that you keep a record of the account details to ensure continuity. 

Set Up

This usually involves a bit of liaison:

  • You will be asked for an IP address or server name - your website developer or server administrator should be able to provide this.
  • In addition, you need to be sure that your website developer or server administrator has configured the web server to handle the website name.