Domain Name Management

Generally, we encounter three main types of students that use BYU Domains:

  1. Students who have never had a personal website before.
  2. Students who have a current and active website.
  3. Students who made a website a couple of years ago and haven't done anything with it.

If you are in the first group of students and you have never had a website before, domain name management is something that is done for you when you register a new domain (website URL) with the BYU Domains program. Our sign-up process takes care of having your particular web URL registered under your name through the web hosting company that BYU uses for all BYU Domains accounts. You will not have to worry about that domain registration or renewal until you leave the university. You are good to go after you register with us.

If you are in the second or third group of students listed above, you have owned (or currently own) a website before and you are interested in moving that website into the BYU Domains program. You have a couple of options if you are in this group.

Option 1: Integrate into BYU Domains

The first option is to use your existing domain and integrate it into the BYU Domains program. When you fill out the BYU Domains request form, just select the option “from an existing domain” and enter your current domain address. If you want to use the BYU domain tools with your existing domain to enhance or build additions to your website, you can just change the name servers at your current DNS server to “ns1.reclaimhosting.com” and “ns2.reclaimhosting.com”. Changing the name server info will allow you to access the BYU Domains dashboard. However, please note that changing the name server info does not mean that you are transferring your domain. You are still responsible for paying your hosting site for your domain name registration since the domain is still registered there.

Option 2: Move Registration to BYU Domains

The second option is to contact your current web hosting company and have them move your domain's entire registration over to the BYU Domains program. This option is not easy and normally requires you to submit an official request to move your domain. However, if you have a current domain registration with one of the below companies, there are some instructions online on how to transfer your domain:

Option 3: Rebrand

The third option is to take this opportunity to rebrand. Maybe you created your website years ago, and you have grown out of that particular personality, or maybe you want to change the focus of your website and broaden your readership. Whatever the case, choosing a new name (domain URL) for your website can help you change the overall direction of your online persona. With BYU Domains, you can register a new domain name that fits your target audience better than your old domain name. Once you register your new domain name, you can migrate all of your existing content over to this new URL. After you migrate your content, you can just set up a permanent 301 redirect that redirects people who type in your old site's URL to your new URL. This means that you can keep all of your old blog readers (and blog traffic stats) while still catering to new ones.

Your website's domain name is the essential foundation for the online persona that you are going to build. Whatever option you decide to choose, whether it is undertaking a rebranding initiative or merely changing your DNS servers to integrate with the BYU Domains system, we hope that you can find a way to maximize the BYU Domains experience with a plan that is right for you.


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