Buy a top-level domain from Reclaim Hosting
It is easy to create your own top-level domain. This allows you to select a URL for your website that is easy to remember and share.
While you are at Wake Forest University, this is available for a nominal cost (currently $15/year). You can continue to use this domain after leaving WakeSites, although the cost may increase.
To register a top-level domain log into your newly created cPanel, navigate to the Domains section, and click Register Top-Level Domain.
This panel offers a step-by-step guide to registering and adding a new top-level domain to your new cPanel account.
After ensuring the domain is available for purchase you’ll be prompted to select whether you’d like to protect the contact information associated with the domain. This option (referred to as ID Protect) used to cost an additional $7, but it is now free. We recommend checking this ID Protect box to protect your contact information.
You’ll also be prompted for nameservers for the domain. If registering the domain through Reclaim Hosting you can leave these with the default. If you decide to register the domain elsewhere, you’ll want to point the nameservers to ns1.reclaimhosting.com and ns2.reclaimhosting.com in order for the domain to work with our system.
Or – Connect an existing domain to your cPanel
If you already have an existing domain that you’ve previously registered elsewhere, simply point your domain’s nameservers to ns1.reclaimhosting.com and ns2.reclaimhosting.com.
Next – Create an Addon Domain
Once you’ve completed the checkout process with payment information the domain will be registered automatically. The last step is to add it to your existing account here at WakeSites. To do that you’ll log into your account at https://sites.wfu.edu/dashboard. Navigate to your cPanel > Domains > Add-on Domains.
-On the following page, type your newly purchased domain in the new domain name field. (The subdomain and Document Root fields will populate automatically.)
-You can change the document root (the directory of your files) if you wish. Some like to remove the “.com” from the Document Root field for the convenience when using FTP.
-The option to create an additional FTP account is present but not necessary.
-Once the domain is entered click Add Domain to add the domain to your hosting account.
At this point, the domain will now be hosted in your account and you can use it to install software, upload files, and any number of other actions available to you in cPanel.