Domain Name Requests
About UNLV Domain Names
Domain names, such as yourdepartment.unlv.edu, are available to UNLV departments and entities that meet specific guidelines. Check out UNLV's Domain Name Guidelines and Domain Name Registration Policy to determine if your website may be eligible.
Requesting a Virtual Name
1. Websites Hosted on the UNLV Web Server (web.unlv.edu)
Academic and administrative departments with websites hosted on the UNLV web server may be eligible for a shorter URL, such as yourdept.unlv.edu. To determine if your website is eligible for a virtual name, visit our DNS Guidelines.
Please note that all subdomain names hosted on the UNLV web server will have unlv.edu as part of their address. Domain names other than unlv.edu (e.g., .com, .biz, or similar) cannot be hosted on the UNLV web server. Note: An exception may be made for .org domains.
To apply for a subdomain, complete the form below. Allow 10 working days for your request to be processed. Applicants will be notified by email when their new address is working.
2. Websites Hosted on Department Servers
Departments that wish to administer their own campus web server can request the use of xxxxx.unlv.edu for their server. For assistance with setting up the virtual name, please contact the IT Help Desk.
3. Websites Hosted on Commercial Servers
Departments that wish to register a non-unlv.edu domain name must make arrangements to have their account hosted with a commercial Internet Service Provider. Please note that any use of "unlv" in a domain name must receive approval from University Communications/Web Communications prior to registering the name. Departments will be responsible for all costs associated with the registration and maintenance of the domain name.
How Virtual Names Work
Virtual names are aliases that point the web server to the location of your files. For this reason you won't have to move your files or change your links. In fact, virtually everything should work the same as before. Your login, password, and FTP address will not change, and the procedure for uploading files is the same. In addition, both your OLD and NEW URLs will always be valid addresses, so you won't have to worry about publications that reference your old address.
Testing Your Pages
After your virtual name has been established, please review your pages for problems. If your links were written incorrectly, they will break under the virtual name. If you find broken links, please rewrite them using either relative or absolute paths. A common mistake people make on campus is to put a forward slash — "/" — in front of the filename when writing relative links. Following are examples of relative and absolute links:
Correct: <a href="info.html">Info</a>
Wrong: <a href="/info.html">Info</a>
TIP: The second example is wrong because it begins with a forward slash.
Correct: <a href="http://dept.unlv.edu/info.html">Info</a>
Wrong: <a href="http://www.dept.unlv.edu/info.html">Info</a>
TIP: The second example is wrong because virtual names hosted on the UNLV web server do not begin with "www."
Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Web Help Desk.