Creating Your Domain

Before you start this process, you might want to do some brainstorming about your domain name. Do you want your domain to be your name, as in Do you have a business idea with a great company name? Or do you have something significant in your life that means a lot to you that you want to represent? Whatever the case, have a couple of ideas ready to go because you will be creating your domain's name in Step 7 of these instructions. Are you setting up a domain for a club or do you want others to be able to edit and support the domain? See Setting up a shared domain.

Watch the video tutorial or continue reading for written step-by-step instructions:

1. Go to

2. Click the “Getting Started” button

3. Sign in with NetID and Password

4. Fill out the Interest Form and click “Submit”

5. You will receive an email once you have been granted access to BYU Domains. Open the email and click on the link.

6. The link will take you back to the BYU Domains homepage. Click the “Get Started” button again.

7. Enter a domain name and click “Check Availability.” If it is available, you will be able to register it. Keep in mind you won’t be able to change the name later. If your domain name is not available, you can always try a different ending on your domain name, such as .net, or you can try changing the domain name slightly (for example, add your middle initial to your name, or put the word “the” in front of what you originally typed for a business, etc.).

Alternatively, if you wish to import a domain from another hosting service, the documentation is found here.

Domain Endings

Note: The different endings on the domain are called “generic top-level domains.” Basically, in the early days of the internet, it was suggested that .com domains would be for businesses, .net domains for networking institutions, .org for non-profits, and .edu for educational institutions. However, the internet got so big that keeping names in this format was impossible, so it doesn't matter what domain you have. The most common domains nowadays are .com, .net, and .org. Additionally BYU can only register .com, .net, .info, and .org domain names. We can also register .edu domains for faculty or clubs see Setting Up a Domain Name

8. When you have chosen an available domain name, you will be brought to the “Review and Checkout” page. Click “Register Now” to register the domain, or “Start Over” if you changed your mind.

9. You will be brought to the dashboard once the domain is registered. You will notice the alert at the top of the page saying you still need to verify the account. Check your email that you registered to find the verification email. If you can’t find the email, check your spam box or click “Resend Verification Email”.


10. Click the link in the Verification Email. If you do not receive this email or have other problems verifying your domain, you can troubleshoot at the Domain Verification Email documentation.

11. You will be sent to this page which will redirect you back to the dashboard.

12. You have now successfully finished registering your domain.

Next step Domain Verification Email

Site Publisher

If you need a temporary website while you are developing the main site, you can use the Site Publisher tool.

Want to learn more about how to use Site Publisher, see the video below: