By default, when WordPress sites are created they have a URL structure of <sitename>.blogs.auckland.ac.nz

If this doesn’t meet your requirements, then there are a number of options available to you:

  1. Second-level domain –  i.e. theinsideword.ac.nz, auckland.ac.nz you will need to supply a cost centre/project code so that it can be on-charged. You can request a domain by filling out the Domain request form (this does require approval from your faculty and/or service division).
  2. Subdomain – i.e. blogs.auckland.ac.nz, science.auckland.ac.nz, these need to be owned by the University of Auckland. You can request a domain by filling out the Domain request form (this does require approval from your faculty and/or service division).
  3. Short URL – i.e. https://www.auckland.ac.nz/business, if you are happy with <sitename>.blogs.auckland.ac.nz but would like a shorter version of the URL to publicise your website you can request a Short URL.

If you have a site which is mapped to a domain, you can access the site via the default URL or the domain. When you are logging in to your site, you need to add /wp-admin/ to the end of the URL/domain i.e. blogs.auckland.ac.nz/wp-admin/

Important note

WordPress sites with domain mappings must have the Site visibility settings set as either:

  • Allow search engines to index this site
  • Discourage search engines from indexing this site

This means that if you are after a WordPress site which requires authentication via Shibboleth/University Single Sign On, it must use the default URL convention <sitename>.blogs.auckland.ac.nz

What is a top level domain?

The top-level domains (TLDs) such as com, net and org are the highest level of domain names of the Internet. Top-level domains form the DNS root zone of the hierarchical Domain Name System. Every domain name ends with a top-level domain label.

What is a subdomain?

A subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain; the only domain that is not also a subdomain is the root domain. For example, business.auckland.ac.nz and science.auckland.ac.nz are subdomains of the auckland.ac.nz domain, which in turn is a subdomain of the .ac.nz top-level domain (TLD).

To create a subdomain, the Second-level domain must be registered by the University of Auckland or Uniservices.

To check if a domain is owned by the University you can visit https://dnc.org.nz/ and check the New Zealand based domains. If you want to check if an international domain is owned by the University you can go to http://whois.domaintools.com/ and check who the registrant is.

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Subdomains require approval from your Faculty Communications and Marketing Manager or University Communications & Marketing if you are from a Service Division.

What's the difference between a domain and a website?

A domain name is your website’s address on the web. It identifies the website and lets people find it via their web browser.

A website is a collection of related web pages, including multimedia content, typically identified with a common domain name, and published on at least one web server.

What is a Second-level domain?

Below the top-level domains in the domain name hierarchy are the second-level domain (SLD) names. These are the names directly to the left of .com, .net, and the other top-level domains. As an example, in the domain auckland.ac.nz, or theinsideword.ac.nz is the second-level domain.

To check if a domain is available you can visit https://dnc.org.nz/ and check the New Zealand registry. If you want to check if an international domain is available you can go to http://whois.domaintools.com/ and check if it returns a result.

Note:

Note:

Second-level domains require approval from your Faculty Communications and Marketing Manager or University Communications & Marketing if you are from a Service Division.

What is a Short URL?
URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) can be made substantially shorter and still direct to the required page and/or site. This is achieved by using a redirect which links to the web page/site that has a long URL.
Why does my mapped domain send viewers back to .blogs.auckland.ac.nz

When you are creating a site which will be using a mapped domain (second-level or sub domain) you need to ensure when linking to other pages of your site you use a URI link rather than a URL link or use the WYSIWYG editor link function.

An example – The Inside Word

theinsideword.ac.nz (mapped domain)

theinsideword.blogs.auckland.ac.nz (default site)

If you wanted to link to theinsideword.ac.nz/blogs, you only need to add /blogs/ in the link to field which is the URI.

If you copy and paste the URL from the browser when editing you will be pasting in the URL which will direct viewers to theinsideword.blogs.auckland.ac.nz/blogs in the link field which is a URL.