Create a Course Page

As a professors, you have so much information that can be shared with the academic world. More likely than not, you created a domain with the intent to share that information, including your CV, membership on scholarly boards, etc. We also want to let you know that it is extremely easy to create specific sections on your website for each class that you teach to foster class collaboration and response. These sections are called subdomains.

The best way to explain a subdomain is looking at BYU's website: byu.edu. BYU's main website has a ton of different links that take you to other websites run by the university. The following pages all are subdomains of the BYU website: calendar.byu.edu, news.byu.edu, onestop.byu.edu, and lib.byu.edu. These pages are all run by different departments and look really different from each other, even though they technically are all still linked up to the main BYU URL.

With those examples in mind, a subdomain enables you to add on a word or two in front of your main domain name in order to create a URL that links to an entirely different designed page. Applying this to your situation, if you wanted to create a section for each class that you teach, you could call one art101.myblogname.com and another one art104.myblogname.com. Creating subdomains within your existing website is a great way to branch out and engage your students through the Internet.

FERPA Notice
Because the BYU Domains server is a shared server, please do not keep sensitive FERPA/HIPAA information, such as grades, on your site. You may be at risk of violating FERPA/HIPAA if you do.

Creating a subdomain is easy:

1. Go to the BYU Domains dashboard http://domains.byu.edu/dashboard/, scroll down to the “Domains” section and click on the icon for “Subdomains.”

2. On the Subdomains form, fill out the “Subdomain” box with a one or two word phrase. Then make sure that your domain name is selected under “Domain”. After you finish with that, the “Document Root” section will automatically populate. Make sure all the information is correct, and then just click “Create.”

3. You will get a “Success” message which means that your subdomain was created. However, your new subdomain doesn't have a CMS system installed on it. Just like when you registered your original domain, you will need to go and install a CMS system in order to put content on the subdomain.

4. In order to install WordPress on your new subdomain, go back to the BYU Domains dashboard and scroll down to the section titled “applications” and click “WordPress.”

5. Click the top right button that says “Install this application.”

6. Under the “Location” section, make sure you select your correct subdomain from the dropdown menu as the place you are installing WordPress.

7. Further down on the form, under the “Settings” section, change your username and password to something that you can remember.

8. Click the “Install” button to install WordPress onto your subdomain.

Now that you have WordPress installed on your subdomain, you can start designing your site and uploading content.