Leaving BYU Domains and the University

BYU Domains Features

BYU Domains is free to all active students, staff, and faculty. Your domain name and domain hosting will be paid for while you attend BYU. After you leave BYU your account can be migrated to another hosting provider. This document highlights the features of BYU Domains, defines other hosting options and provides some details about other alternative hosting providers.

Domain name1 Free, Additional domain names can be purchased
Disk SpaceUnmetered
# of sitesUnlimited
cPanel
FTPUnlimited
SSHUnlimited
BackupAuto & Manual
Installable Applications160
DNS management
Addon (parked) domainsUnlimited
SubdomainsUnlimited
DatabasesUnlimited
EmailUnlimited
SSLUnlimited
Suite of Analytic Tools
Virus Scanner
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
Site MigrationYes, some
Support24 X 7

Other features include: Web based File Manager, Over 4000 Perl Modules, SSL using Let’s Encrypt, Full database control using PHPMyAdmin, Python, Ruby on Rails, Unlimited Cron Jobs, Flexible error logging, user account management, and many support and learning resources.

NOTE: BYU Domains is not intended for departmental websites.

Other Free Hosting Providers

Here are some other free domain hosting providers:

BYU Domains Wix.com Weebly.com WordPress.com Google Sites
Plan Name Free Free Free N/A
Domain name 1 Free Additional domain names can be purchased 1 domain for 1 year
Disk Space Unmetered 500MB 500MB 3GB Unmetered, Uses your Google Drive account
# of sites Unlimited One One One Unlimited, 5 sub pages
cPanel
FTP Unlimited
SSH Unlimited
Backup Auto & Manual Manual Versioning No
Installable Applications 160 Wix Editor & ADI Templates One Themes, gadgets
DNS management
Addon (parked) domains Unlimited
Subdomains Unlimited
Databases Unlimited Yes, limited Sheets
Email Unlimited Yes, For a fee Gmail
SSL Unlimited Yes, 1 free Yes, 1 free Some control
Suite of Analytic Tools
Virus Scanner
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
Site Migration Yes, some
Support 24 X 7 24 X 7 Chat, Email, Forum Chat, Email, Forum 24 X 7

Other features compared:

  • Media Manager rather than a web based File Manager, limited user account management and support resources.
  • No Perl Modules, No Let’s Encrypt, No PHPMyAdmin, No Python, No Ruby on Rails, No Cron Jobs, No error logging

Shared Hosting vs. Website Builders

This document describes several popular and affordable web hosting and website builder options. Shared web hosting provide a platform to do web development and the tools to develop a website and ways to scale it to fit any size business. Website Builders are designed to easily create a website with a simple to use interface to meet a few design scenarios. Here I will attempt to describe the differences between Shared Hosting and Website Building options.

Shared Hosting Website Builders
Examples I.e: BYU Domains, GoDaddy.com, Bluehost.com I.e: Wix, Weebly, SquareSpace
Domain Name Personal domain name included Personal domain name is an extra cost. Users are usually given a domain name like; ‘yourname.sitebuilder.com’ Which hampers a business or personal online presence from fostering a professional reputation
Hosting Resources Flexible set of hosting resources (disk space, bandwidth, etc.) Can easily scale to your business needs Can purchase dedicated hosting, dedicated IP addresses Fixed set of system resources that are less scalable The focus is on site building not on hosting resources
Web Development Many web development tools to meet many design scenarios that provide users with much more control Very simple drag and drop interface to build a website. Sites can be more quickly created.
Applications Rich set of application choices to meet many design scenarios. Importing and exporting sites are much easier. No application choices. Site design is based on fixed set of themes/templates and design elements (content blocks) and a simplified offering of ‘widget’ choices. The proprietary site building interfaces make it hard to migrate the site to another hosting option.
# of Sites Many Each subscription includes only access to the website building tool for a single site, more can with additional subscriptions
Coding Knowledge Must have at least a basic understanding of coding structures or more The focus of these tools is the simplicity that website builders offer during the setup, design, and customization. Typically no coding knowledge is required.
Email Multiple accounts included Mixed bag. Some offer e-mail alternatives, but do not scale well for businesses needing multiple accounts
Design options Given all the design options, users can more easily move to a new site design and meet a broader range of design scenarios Includes a nice offering of themes and templates and design elements. Specialized needs require additional cost
Speed to launch There is a longer time to launch and users typically spend more time fine-tuning their website before launch Quicker design to launch capabilities.
Other Web hosting often include website builders that are not as powerful as those dedicated to that approach Many include a focus on eCommerce Cheaper subscriptions usually force banner ads on users’ websites. Limited and fixed design resources make it easier to provide a rich set of support documentation.

Leaving the University and BYU Domains

Graduating from BYU and wondering what will happen to your domain? The good news is that you can take your domain with you when you graduate and leave the university. However, you will need to choose what company you want to host your domain. We have put together this guide to describe the different options that you have in regards to your domain.

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Watch the video tutorial or continue reading below for the options of what you can do with your BYU domain after you graduate.

We have done extensive research on other hosting options using many of the experts across the internet. We attempt to describe many of the options that are available for you.

Option 1: Keep the same hosting company (Reclaim Hosting)

BYU uses a hosting company called “Reclaim Hosting” (out of Virginia) to host the domains created through the BYU Domains program. You have already been using Reclaim Hosting, and, if you want, you can continue to use them to host your domain for a fee of $30 per year (~$2 a month). This option is nice because you don't have to migrate your site at all, worry about different logins, etc. Based on our research Reclaim Hosting is one of the most affordable options while also maintaining most of what is offered through BYU Domains

BYU Domains Reclaim Hosting
Domain name 1 Free, Additional domain names can be purchased 1 Free, Additional domain names can be purchased
Disk Space Unmetered 2GB=$30/yr 10GB=$50/yr 100GB=$100/yr
# of sites Unlimited Unlimited
cPanel
FTP Unlimited Unlimited
SSH Unlimited Unlimited
Backup Auto & Manual Auto & Manual
Installable Applications 160 150+
DNS management
Addon (parked) domains Unlimited Unlimited
Subdomains Unlimited Unlimited
Databases Unlimited Unlimited
Email Unlimited Unlimited
SSL Unlimited Unlimited
Suite of Analytic Tools
Virus Scanner
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
Site Migration Yes, some Yes
Support 24 X 7 24 X 7

Option 2: Choose a different hosting company and migrate your site into their program

You have used Reclaim Hosting for a while now, and you want to shop around for a different hosting company. If you want to embark upon this path, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that, most hosting companies charge for hosting on a tiered basis. This means that, depending on the features and data storage space you want, the pricing will change. Below are some options for shared server hosting and website builder options (based on those most similar to BYU Domains, Cheapest, and most recommended by the experts). Please note that in some cases you can find cheaper prices than the ones listed below, but these prices are normally introductory prices for six months to one year, and then the prices go up.

The Typical Shared Hosting Provider Offering

The chart below shows the average offering by the least expensive hosting providers as well as the hosting providers that are the most similar to what is offered by BYU Domains.

BYU Domains Cheapest Hosting Providers Hosting Providers Most Similar to BYU Domains
Domain name 1 Free, Additional domain names can be purchased 1 domain name for 1st year
Annual Cost (List Price) $0.00 $68.33 $134.85
Disk Space Unmetered 614GB 1.4TB
# of sites Unlimited 1.6 sites Unlimited
cPanel
FTP Unlimited
SSH Unlimited
Backup Auto & Manual Yes or Yes for a fee
Installable Applications 160 169+
DNS management 40% - Yes
Addon (parked) domains Unlimited ~8 Unlimited
Subdomains Unlimited ~32 Unlimited
Databases Unlimited ~14 Unlimited
Email Unlimited 33% - Unlimited 33% - ~12 33% - No Unlimited
SSL Unlimited 50% - Yes 50% - Yes+1 Free
Suite of Analytic Tools
Virus Scanner 70% Yes
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
Site Migration Yes, some 30% - Yes 10% For a fee 60% - No
Support 24 X 7 24 X 7
Comment Some includes forced ads into your site

These Hosting Options are most similar to what is offered through BYU Domains

BYU Domains iPage.com HostGator.com a2hosting.com HostPapa.com InterServer.net GreenGeeks.com FreeHostia.com
Plan Name N/A BabyPlan Swift Business Standard Pro WildHoney
Domain name 1 Free Additional domain names can be purchased 1 domain for 1 year 1 domain for 1 year No, $1.99 first year 1 domain for 1 year 1 domain for 1 year
Annual Cost (Discounted/List Price) $0.00 $23.88/$95.88 $35.76/$119.40 $39.60/$119.88 $47.40/$155.88 $54.00/$54.00 $71.40/$179.40 $95.40/$95.40
Disk Space Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
# of sites Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
cPanel
FTP Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 18
SSH Unlimited Unlimited
Backup Auto & Manual Weekly Daily Auto Auto
Installable Applications 160 WordPress+16 120+ 450+ 250+ 55+
DNS Management
Addon (parked) domains Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Subdomains Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Databases Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 50 (1GB Total)
Email Unlimited One Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
SSL Unlimited Yes, 1 free Yes, 1 free Yes, 1 free
Suite of Analytic Tools
Virus Scanner
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
Site Migration Yes, some Yes, Free
Support 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7

These are the cheapest hosting providers

BYU Domains Hostinger.com Hostinger.com 000WebHost.com Hostinger.com FreeHostia.com Amazon (AWS) Dreamhost.com 1&1 IONOS ionos.com
Plan Name Single Shared Premium Shared Single Shared Watercircle LightSail Shared Starter Essential
Domain name 1 Free Additional domain names can be purchased 1 domain for 1 year 1 domain for 1 year 1 domain for 1 year
Annual Cost (Discounted/List Price) $0.00 $9.60/$25.80 $25.80/$41.88 $23.40/$47.40 $35.40/$35.40 $42.00-$60.00 $47.40/$47.40 $48.00/$48.00
Disk Space Unmetered 10GB 20GB 10GB 2GB 20GB-40GB 50GB 10GB
# of sites Unlimited One Unlimited One 10 Unlimited One One
cPanel Mgmt Console
FTP Unlimited One Unlimited One Two 6 10
SSH Unlimited Add-on 6
Backup Auto & Manual Yes, extra cost Weekly Yes, for a fee Auto $0.05/GB/Mth Daily Auto
Installable Applications 160 100+ 100+ 55+ Some 70+
DNS management
Addon (parked) domains Unlimited Two 100 Two Unlimited
Subdomains Unlimited Two 100 Two 30 5 10,000
Databases Unlimited OneX3GB UnlimitedX3GB 1X3GB 8 (60GB Total) 40GB ($15/mth) 6 10X1GB
Email Unlimited One Unlimited One 100 Yes, For a fee 10
SSL Unlimited No, extra cost No, extra cost Yes, for a fee Yes, 1 free Yes, 1 free
Suite of Analytic Tools
Virus Scanner Add-on
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
Site Migration Yes, some Yes, for a fee
Support 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7
BYU Domains Hostinger.com HostGator.com a2hosting.com BlueHost.com GoDaddy.com wix.com
Plan Name Premium Shared BabyPlan Swift ChoicePlus Deluxe Hosting Unlimited
Domain name 1 Free Additional domain names can be purchased 1 domain for 1 year 1 domain for 1 year 1 domain for 1 year 1 domain for 1 year
Annual Cost (Discounted/List Price) $0.00 $25.80/$41.88 $35.76/$119.40 $39.60/$119.88 $65.40/$179.88 $95.88/$143.88 $204.00/204.00
Disk Space Unmetered 20GB Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered 10GB
# of sites Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited One
cPanel
FTP Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 50
SSH Unlimited
Backup Auto & Manual Weekly Database Manual
Installable Applications 160 100+ WordPress+16 Many 125+ Wix Editor & ADI
DNS Management
Addon (parked) domains Unlimited 100 Unlimited Unlimited
Subdomains Unlimited 100 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Databases Unlimited UnlimitedX3GB Unlimited Unlimited 25X1GB
Email Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 30GB Extra cost
SSL Unlimited No, extra cost Yes, 1 free Yes, 1 free Free for 1st year
Suite of Analytic Tools
Virus Scanner
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
Site Migration Yes, some
Support 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7
# of Expert Recommendations in our study (out of 17) 12 13 10 12 12 10

If you have questions about the differences between hosting companies, watch this video. It is a really good introduction to web hosting and what you should look for. Lastly, if you want to explore more hosting companies, the following URLs contain more information and reviews about different companies.

Other options to consider

BYU Domains SquareSpace.com SquareSpace.com Shopify.com
Plan Name Personal Business Basic
Domain name 1 Free Additional domain names can be purchased 1 domain for 1 year 1 domain for 1 year
Annual Cost (List Price) $0.00 $144.00 50% off for students for 1st year $216.00 50% off for students for 1st year $348.00
Disk Space Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
# of sites Unlimited One Unlimited One
cPanel Mgmt Console
FTP Unlimited Two Unlimited
SSH Unlimited
Backup Auto & Manual
Installed Applications 160 Templates Templates 70+ Themes
DNS management
Addon (parked) domains Unlimited
Subdomains Unlimited
Databases Unlimited Data Blocks Data Blocks
Email Unlimited
SSL Unlimited Yes, 1 free
Suite of Analytic Tools
Virus Scanner
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
Site Migration Yes, some
Support 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7 24 X 7
# of Expert Recommendations in our study (out of 17) 3 3 1

Choose the hosting company that will fulfill the vision you have for your site. We hope that you will keep your site alive and continue to develop the online experiences you have had with BYU Domains.

Option 3: Delete your domain

We are sad to see you go! However, if you decide to delete your website, you can contact BYU Domains support through email at domains.support@byu.edu to submit a request to have your account deleted. Once deleted, however, your website will not be accessible on the internet and you will no longer have access to cPanel. If you wish to start your website up again at a later date, you can download a backup copy of your website using the Backups documentation.