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You Have a Domain, Now What?

You will notice that if you go to your domain that you just registered, you will get a window that looks like this:

This is because your domain does not have a program installed that will help you create a website. Even though you own the space, you don't have the tools ready to build that site yet. In order to do this, you need to install a content management system (CMS). A CMS is an application that assists you in building, publishing, and maintaining a website. There are hundreds of CMS applications available online, all with slightly different functions.

A quick look at the Featured Applications on your dashboard reveals CMS applications such as Drupal, Dokuwiki, and Known.

However, if you are just starting out, we would like to suggest that you use Wordpress for your site. Wordpress is one of the most popular CMS applications in the world (over 25% of the websites across the globe use it), and it is a platform that makes creating a blog or website easy. If you decide later on that you want to choose a different CMS, just uninstall Wordpress and choose a different CMS for your website needs.

Installing Wordpress as your domain's CMS is really simple:
1. Go to
2. Sign in with NetID and Password

3. Scroll down on your dashboard until you see the box labeled “Web Applications”. Within that box, find the “Featured Applications” area and click on Wordpress. If Wordpress is not one of the four featured applications, click “View More” in the top right corner of the box and scroll until you see the Wordpress icon. 4. Click on the “Install this application” button at the top right of the screen.

5. The install screen will have lots of options available, but you only need to change a few fields. First, make sure that your domain name automatically populated into the “Domain field”. Leave the “Directory” field blank. Then, scroll down until you get to the Administrator Username and Password section under “Settings”. To be able to login directly to “”, change your Username and Password to something that you can remember easily. Here is some additional documentation of how to manage your WordPress password. The rest of the settings (Website Title, Website Tagline, etc.) can be changed later, so you don't need to worry about them at this point.

6. Scroll down to the bottom of the install screen and click the “Install” button.

7. You have now successfully installed your Wordpress CMS. After the application installs, you will be taken to a screen that lists three URLs. To see your new site, click the top URL.

For instructions on what to do after you have installed Wordpress, please see the next page Creating Subdomains, where we will describe how to edit and design your new site.