Launching Your New WordPress Site

Step 1.  Make your site public

Make your site public by changing your Privacy settings.  

Step 2 (optional). Redirect an old site to your new one

If you have an old site hosted by UCSC, which should now point to your new site, complete the below form.

Step 3 (optional): Request a (New) Custom URL

If you need a custom URL (sometimes called a CName, Alias, or Domain Name), complete the below form. NOTE: sites with custom URLs (anything but <sitename>.sites.ucsc.edu), cannot be password protected. When this request goes through, your site will be made fully public if not already.

Keep in mind that new URL names have to be approved by University Relations and this request will be automatically forwarded to them for approval.  The Campus Web Steering Committee created naming convention guidelines. Note that the university does not permit use of a person's name as a custom URL (e.g. jane_smith.ucsc.edu). 

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Request Redirect and/or Custom URL

  • Example: http://smithlab.sites.ucsc.edu
  • Enter the URL of any existing site that should now point to your new WordPress site.
  • If you need a NEW custom URL that does not have ".sites" in it, please enter that URL here.

    UR Approval: Note that all new custom URL requests will be routed to University Relations automatically for approval. University Relations does not approve an individual's name as a custom URL. See Guidelines for Domain Names If your custom URL has already been approved, indicate that below.

    NOTE: when this request is processed, your site will be LIVE. Custom URLs do not work with password protection. We will change your privacy settings if you have not done so already.

  • Typically the above is plenty of information but if you have an unusual situation, use this space to describe it.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.