Move your IU website to the .org, .net, or .info top-level domain

Websites utilizing non-Indiana University domains (e.g., .org , .net, .info) may be hosted on IU servers when the project site is administered or co-administered by an IU unit, but requires its own identity separate from IU. Examples include projects entirely funded by external grants, conference websites, and research projects involving multiple universities.

While websites utilizing IU domains are required to use the proper IU branding bar, the branding requirement does not apply to websites approved for non-IU domains. However, per IU's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy (UA-02), all new university websites, including those that do not use a .edu domain, must meet the Level AA accessibility standards set forth by Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Your unit is responsible for acquiring and maintaining the domain through a domain registrar. You should list as a technical contact for your domain, in addition to your departmental email addresses. You should use a IU P-Cards for the transaction. For more about P-Cards, see General Card Information. If you have questions, speak with your departmental business office.

If your unit fails to renew its domain in time, an external (non-IU) organization could buy the domain and take control of the content, which could require the university to initiate legal action to reclaim the domain. Units needing to reclaim domains are responsible for all associated costs. To initiate the process, contact IU Licensing and Trademarks.

To move your IU website to the .org, .net, or .info top-level domains, the site owner must first obtain approval from IU Communications. To request approval, fill out and submit the Domain and Virtual Host Request Form. You should receive a response within 48 hours (two business days). If you don't receive a response by then or have an emergency request, call 812-855-5121.

If IU Communications approves your request, to complete the move to your site's new URL, proceed as follows:

  • Windows Hosting Environment: If your site is hosted in the Windows Hosting Environment (WHE), email Windows Hosting Environment (WHE) Help. WHE support staff will request an SSL certificate, install it, and add port availability.
  • Webserve: If your site is on Webserve, you may also need to:
    • Request an SSL certificate: If you are maintaining a secure (https) website, you'll need to obtain an SSL certificate for it.

      For an IU Webserve site, email your request to Web Services Support, indicating the account needing the SSL certificate. It can take several days for Web Services Support to receive and install the certificate, so it's best to plan ahead (i.e., the sooner you make the request, the sooner the certificate can be installed).

    • Set up a redirect to your site's new URL: To best serve your customers, you may want to set up a .htaccess file to redirect users to your site's new URL; see Use the .htaccess file on Webserve to redirect to a different URL.
    • Update Webserve account records: For a Webserve site, the account owner must update the account records for that site:
      1. Log into Enterprise WebTech Services Management using your personal IU username and passphrase, and then click List Your Accounts.
      2. Under "List of Group Accounts and WebTech Services for username" (where username is your personal IU username), find your Webserve account, and then click Manage.
      3. Update your Webserve account information, and when you're finished, clickUpdate.
      Webserve account owners also will need to annually update their web service agreements and renew the use of their virtual hostnames. Web Services Support will email the URL for the renewal agreement to account owners as needed.

      If you have questions, contact Web Services Support.

  • Other environments: If your site is hosted elsewhere, speak to your service administrator to determine steps you need to take.

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