WiscWeb - Requesting a Domain

This document explains what you need to know when requesting a new domain (e.g. domain.wisc.edu) for your WiscWeb website. If you already have a domain, we will work with you to migrate it to our service.

Third-level Domains

Third level wisc.edu domains appear as third.wisc.edu and "should represent a division, school, college, department, office, center or other organizational unit of the university, or a function of the university as a whole, or a service offered to the university as a whole." The quoted section comes from the campus DNS name selection policy which can be viewed at https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=17471.

As you work with us to build your site and get it into production, we will work with you to select a domain. If you need a third-level domain, it will have to fit the above criteria in order for the campus hostmaster to approve it. We will request a justification, several sentences describing why it meets the criteria listed, and we will submit it to the hostmaster. These requests can take up to four weeks for approval.

Fourth-level Domains

Fourth-level domains (e.g. fourth.third.wisc.edu do not face the same hurdles of third-level domains). These are sites that are typically part of a larger department or group on campus, and want to retain that affiliation in the domain name. You can submit new fourth-level domain requests without any additional justification.


Keywords:URL DNS hostmaster   Doc ID:70123
Owner:Ryan H.Group:WiscWeb CMS
Created:2017-01-23 12:01 CDTUpdated:2017-01-23 13:31 CDT
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