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UW DNS Web Name Hosting Frequently Asked Questions

DNS (domain name service) Web name hosting allows you to request a Web site on the UW central Web servers that does not follow the UW standard Web site naming convention (www.uwyo.edu/sitename). Through the DNS Web name hosting service, the UW Web servers are setup to allow requests to come in for a third level domain name or a domain name outside of the UWYO domain name scheme entirely and route them to the correct location for processing within the UWYO network.  

It may help to define a couple phrases in order to clarify the explanation.

Third level domain: using sitename.uwyo.edu as an example, the ".edu" portion of the name is considered the first level domain name, the ".uwyo" portion of the name is considered the second level domain name, and the "sitename" portion of the name is the third level domain name.

Domain name outside of the UWYO domain name scheme: using www.sitename.net as an example, because it does not include either the UWYO first or second level domain names (i.e. does not include "uwyo.edu"), it is entirely outside of the UWYO domain name scheme.

Note: As of February 11, 2009 all new DNS hosted sites will be created as basic UW web sites. The FrontPage Extended site option will no longer be available for DNS hosted sites and will no longer be an option for DNS hosted sites requested through the Central Site Requests pages.

What are the fees involved with setting up a DNS Web hosted site at UW?

A third level domain name or outside domain name used in conjunction with a Web site located on the UW central Web servers is $100 per year. These sites provide the same features and restrictions as regular UW Web sites. See the UW Web Site FAQ (www.uwyo.edu/askit/displaydoc.asp?askitdocid=600&parentid=1) for further information about these features and restrictions.  

NOTE: Site names that follow the existing UW Web site naming convention, www.uwyo.edu/sitename, are free!

How do I get a third level domain name setup?

To get a third level domain name setup (i.e. a Web site name in the format sitename.uwyo.edu), complete a UW Web site request form through the Central Web Site Management Requests site (www.uwyo.edu/centralsiterequests), and specify that the request is for a DNS hosted Web site in the Additional Comments section before submitting the request. To save time, you can also include the billing information in this section, which needs to include the following:  

  • Budget Number
  • Billing Coordinator's Name
  • Billing Coordinator's Address
  • Billing Coordinator's Phone
  • Billing Coordinator's Email
  • Department as listed for Billing Coordinator

NOTE: Site names that follow the existing UW Web site naming convention, www.uwyo.edu/sitename, are free!

How do I get a Web site name that is outside of the UWYO domain name scheme?

To get a domain name that is outside of the UWYO domain name scheme (i.e. a Web site name that does not include ".uwyo.edu"),  

  1. Register the name of your choice with a valid domain name registrar. There are many domain name registrars out there, and since they all charge for their service, we cannot recommend any one registrar over another. This charge is above and beyond the UW IT fee. Doing an Internet search will provide quite a few options.
     
  2. Provide the domain name registrar that you choose with the UWYO DNS entries: roper.uwyo.edu (or 129.72.60.8 if they will not accept the name) and oldasuw.uwyo.edu (or 129.72.60.2 if they will not accept the name).
     
  3. Once the name you have chosen has been registered with a domain name registrar, complete a UW Web site request form through the Central Web Site Management Requests site (www.uwyo.edu/centralsiterequests), and specify that the request is for a DNS hosted Web site in the Additional Comments section before submitting the request. To save time, you can also include the billing information in this section, which needs to include the following: 
      
    • Budget Number
    • Billing Coordinator Name
    • Billing Coordinator's Address
    • Billing Coordinator's Phone
    • Billing Coordinator's Email
    • Department as listed for Billing Coordinator

Why would I want or need to take advantage of the UW DNS Web name hosting service?

  1. If you would like to market your department or group with a more publicly common Web name format like www.uwstudentlife.com, you can register this name with an outside domain name registrar but then take advantage of the convenience and familiarity of housing and authoring your site on the UW central Web servers.
     
  2. If you would like to market your department or group with the Web name uwstudentlife.uwyo.edu, because it is still within the UWYO domain name scheme (includes ".uwyo.edu"), you can skip the steps of having to register it with an outside domain name registrar or incur an additional domain name registration fee. All of the processing of the request and billing is done through UW to allow you to take advantage of the convenience and familiarity of housing and authoring your site on the UW central Web servers.
     
  3. As always, if you choose a site name that follows the existing UW Web site naming convention, such as www.uwyo.edu/uwstudentlife, it is free!

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