The Office of Communications and Marketing approves all web domain names that end in “tufts.edu.” Our staff reviews name requests to ensure that each reflects a suitable and effective choice. Good domain names will clearly communicate a site’s identity or purpose while respecting the university’s broader name use concerns. We can provide guidance on name selection and suggest alternatives when appropriate.
All primary domain names ending in tufts.edu are approved by the Office of Communications and Marketing in consultation with University Counsel. A primary domain is in the format .tufts.edu. For example, the University Relations domain is universityrelations.tufts.edu and this is a primary domain.
Things to know about obtaining a primary tufts.edu domain:
When you know where your website will be hosted and you have selected a specific (and not too general) domain name, please submit the online domain name request form.
When your site begins with www.tufts.edu/, you cannot move this domain to a new web host. You will need to request a new domain for your site. If you are, for example, www.tufts.edu/mysite, then you will want to follow the procedures above to request mysite.tufts.edu.
Similarly, if your site begins with ase.tufts.edu, you cannot move it to a new web host. You will need to pick a new domain following the procedure above.
If you have a primary domain (.tufts.edu) and wish to move from one web host at Tufts to another, you should start by contacting your current web host. They will assist you with moving your domain. As a courtesy, you should never move your domain to a new web host without telling your current web host first.
Generally, moving an existing domain name involves submitting a request for a DNS change. Only FSPs can make these requests directly, so contact your web host first.
Currently, there is no procedure in place for hosting tufts.edu externally unless it is approved by the Office of Communications and Marketing. If you have questions about where to host your website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.