Stanford Domains does not manage Stanford “vanity” URLs (e.g. example.stanford.edu), but provides a location to host your site, the default is a subdomain on su.domains (e.g. example.su.domains).
There are two ways to simplify the url to you new Stanford Domains site.
- You can request a new vanity URL through Web Virtual Host requests, which are, available only to departments, research groups, and university-recognized student organizations. Once users are redirected to your site on Stanford Domains, the url will display example.su.domains.
- To have a real Stanford subdomain for your site, use the Add-On domain functionality in Stanford Domains by following the below process which will make your site reachable via <yourname>.stanford.edu (example.stanford.edu) and also displayed when visitors land on your site.
- Search stanfordwhat.stanford.edu to lookup your chosen name (example.stanford.edu) to insure it’s available.
- From your account in Stanford Domains on the tools page, select “Add-on Domain” and enter your “NewDomainName.stanford.edu” (example.stanford.edu).
- Place a Stanford Domains Service request to have your Add-on domain added to Stanford’s DNS (domain name system). This must fully completed first before proceeding to the next step.
- Build site (example.edu).
- Confirm your site (example.stanford.edu).
See step by step guide here.