Domain of One's Own: Get started

Early in the 20th century, Virginia Woolf used the phrase "a room of one’s own", to imagine the literal and figurative space women needed to become writers. The web-hosting platform, Domain of One’s Own (DOO), was designed to give faculty, students, and staff the 21st century equivalent: a digital domain where they can host web sites and web apps, develop digital competencies and pursue digital scholarship or creative work.

Before you start, you will need access to the following:

Sign up for a domain

  1. In a web browser, go to
  2. Click Get Started

Screen capture of get started button

  1. Log in using your Bryn Mawr username and password.
  2. Under Choose Your Domain, type a proposed name into the box provided and click Continue

Screen caption of Choose Your Domain page.

  1. Read and confirm you will abide by the College's Acceptable Use policy.

Once your domain is created, you will see the Dashboard or CPanel you will use to manage it. 

What domain name should I use?

Your domain name is the web address -- e.g., -- where you will build a digital presence. Here are some things to consider when creating it.

Privacy and acceptable use

You have complete control over and complete responsibility for your domain space. Here's more information about what that entails.

cPanel: Your domain dashboard

Your Domain of One's Dashboard or "cPanel" is a central interface for managing your domain and any applications or files you install there.  

Image of the cpanel

  • To access your Dashboard in the future, go to, click Dashboard, and log in with your college credentials. 
  • One of the easiest ways to build a website is to install an application. Commonly used applications include:
    • WordPress for blogs and basic websites.
    • Omeka for digital collections and exhibitions based on library and archival resources.
    • Grav for minimal computing, Markdown-based websites that can integrate with GitHub. 
    • Scalar for non-linear digital books and publishing.   
    • Click All Applications to see additional open-source applications that can be installed through CPanel, including TRU Collector or TRU Writer for crowd-sourced image collecting or writing.
  • See Web Hosting and CPanel documentation for detailed information on CPanel functionality and various domain-management tasks. 


If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor