Domain Name Guidelines


The Domain Name System (DNS) is an Internet-wide distributed database of names translating Internet Protocol (IP) addresses into easily memorable names. Domain names are part of the identity of the university and communicate the university’s image and reputation to the public. Consistent domain usage may also be a tool for users to better locate services, so domains should be assigned in an easily recognizable and predictable structure.

To ensure that domain names are assigned and used appropriately and in alignment with institutional goals, the university has established some guidelines for governing third level domain name registrations. Examples of third-level domains names would be in the form of


This policy covers all academic and administrative units, university affiliates, and academic and administrative staff seeking to register a domain name.


  1. Requests for all third-level domain names must be made by a college or administrative division that serves the entire university community and the requested third-level domain name must be approved before use.
  2. All official university web sites shall use domain names within the namespace.
  3. Requested third-level domain names must meet the following requirements in order to be approved:
    1. The requested name should accurately describe the activity or program to which it refers and be easily recognized as word(s) or abbreviation(s).
    2. The requested name represents the unit or service used by the entire university community.
    3. The unit must expect to provide these services on an ongoing basis.
    4. Third-level domain names may be revoked if the name is needed by the university.
  4. Officially recognized centers and institutes may request a fourth-level domain under one of the following third-level domains: or
  5. Officially recognized academic programs involving more than one college may request a fourth-level domain under:


Third-level Domain Name

These names consist of a single word placed before the part of the domain name.



Fourth-level Domain Name

These names reflect their affiliation with an academic or administrative unit, such as or



Private Sites

An entire site can be set to private. This is ideal for an Intranet of a large school or department. The Site Admin can do this by going to Settings > Reading : Site Visibility.

Having a private site will limit the access to the site/pages within the site. However, any images, documents, or other media on the site will not be private. It is possible for users to share the links of those items directly, with no login required. This feature is appropriate for sites that wish to limit access to certain content, but do not require things to be secure in a more rigorous sense.

Keep in mind that these sites do not meet legal standards for security.

Widgets & Sidebars

WordPress widgets add content and features to your sidebars. Examples are the default widgets that come with WordPress for post categories, tag clouds, navigation, search, etc. Plugins will often add their own widgets.


You can create a sidebar by going to Appearance > Manage Sidebars. Under Add New Sidebar, type a name for your sidebar and click 'Add'.

Once a sidebar has been created, add widgets to it by going to Appearance > Widgets. You will see available widgets on the left side of the page and sidebars on the right. Simply drag and drop a widget onto the sidebar in which you want it to appear. Note that the Default sidebar automatically appears with Archives, Search Results, and when viewing single posts.

To get a sidebar you've created to appear on a specific page, go to edit the page. On the right side there will be a box titled 'Page Settings', under which you can choose to display one of your sidebars. There is also a checkbox to apply this same sidebar to all child pages. If you want to apply the same sidebar to an entire section of a site, this option will be useful.

Template Support

Most pages support this feature.

Theme May Assign Sidebar Uses Default Sidebar
Sherman, Hale 2015 Default Page,
A-Z Index,
User Profile
Search Results,
Hale & Prudence Default Page,
A-Z Index,
User List,
User Profile,
User Table
Default w/Sidebar,
Search Results

In-Page Menus

in-page-menus screenshot

This feature allows users to add a menu to a page. On the edit screen for any given page you will see a menu on the right entitled 'In-Page Menus'. Simply choose which menu you would like to have displayed and choose a style (Tabs on top of the page or List on the right). In page menus do not support nested menu items; they are only one level deep. Note that you can also have a menu displayed on the side of the page by adding a sidebar to it and configuring the sidebar to display the specific menu.

Navigation Options

Cornerstone-based sites have options for different navigation styles. These options are:

  • Dropdowns
  • Multi-level Dropdown
  • Tabs
  • MaxMegaMenu


These menu options are only applicable if you are using one of the following themes:

  • Sherman
  • Hale 2015

Changing Your Navigation Style

On the dashboard go to Appearance > Customize. On the left, there will be an option for Navigation Options. Within that space, you will see a dropdown menu with the options listed.

If you do not see this option, you either are not using a supported theme or you have enabled the Max Mega Menu plugin. You will need to disable MaxMegaMenu before other options are available because that plugin overrides all other options.


This option begins with a simple dropdown for the first to level of navigation, with additional pages being displayed in a left navigation bar. This was the default navigation for all Sherman sites from Summer 2014 – Aug 2015.

Multi-Level Dropdown

This option expands the dropdown menu, and removes the left navigation. Dropdowns will expand to the side forever. We recommend not using this option for navigation that has more than 3 levels of depth, as it can be difficult for users to navigate the options. Large sites should consider using the Tabbed option.


In this option, the first two levels of the navigation are exposed in horizontal bars and all other levels are available through dropdown menus.

Sticky Navigation

When set to be On, the top navigation will always sticks to the top of the screen as visitors scroll down pages.


Breadcrumbs are based off of Parent/Child page heirarchy. When set to be On, breadcrumbs navigation will show up on child(ren) pages. For more information view our breadcrumb guide.

Editing Your Top Navigation Menu

  1. On your dashboard, go to Appearance > Menus.
  2. Locate the drop down menu towards the top of the page labeled 'Select a menu to edit' and select 'Top Nav'.
  3. Drag and drop to reorder the navigation items.

Creating a Dropdown Menu

To make a dropdown menu, first create a placeholder menu item.


The URL should be a pound sign, and the Label can be whatever you'd like to call this group of pages.

Home Link

The one menu item that won't appear in your menu is the "Home" link. It's inserted into the page for you, and will always be the first item.

Sticky Navigation

Sticky Navigation will "stick" your top navigation menu to the top of the browser window when your site's header scrolls out of view. To enable this, go to Appearance > Customize > Navigation Options > Sticky Navigation and under Sticky Navigation, select the On radio button.

User Roles

Adding Users

Site Administrators can give other people access to edit the site or create new pages. To do this, you will need the NetID of the person you are adding.

To add a user, go to Users > Add New.

Fill in the Form

  • NetID -- Enter the User's NetID or UConn email address.
  • Role -- Specify the User's Role as one of the following:
    • Subscriber -- Can only edit their profile details — cannot add photos or access the media library.
    • Profile User -- Can edit their profile details, upload their own photo, and access the media library.
    • Contributor Without Media -- Can edit their profile details and profile pages but cannot access the media library (upload own photos or CVs).
    • Contributor -- Can edit their profile details, create profile page, and access the media library (upload photos or CVs), but will need Author, Editor, or Administrator to publish the profile page.
    • Author -- Can edit their profile details, create and publish profile page, and access the medial library (upload photos or CVs).
    • Editor -- Has access over the content and media but cannot update the appearance or add users.
    • Adminsitrator -- Has full access to site, can change appearance, and can add users.
  • Confirmation Email -- Uncheck this box to stop the system from sending a confirmation email.