Domain of One's Own: Get started

Early in the 20th century, Virginia Woolf argued a room of one’s own gave women the figurative and literal space necessary to become writers, A Domain of One’s Own (DOO) is in a web hosting platform that gives Bryn Mawr College 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. When prompted, choose your domain name by typing it into the box provided and clicking Continue. If you choose a name that has already been used, you will be prompted to pick another. (See What Name Should I Use? below for more details.)

Screen caption of Choose Your Domain page.

  1. You will be asked to confirm that you will abide by the College's Acceptable Use policy before continuing. Be sure you have read and understand this policy before moving on. (See Privacy and Acceptable Use, below for more information.)

What name should I use?

Important things to consider when choosing a domain name.

Privacy and acceptable use

You have complete control over and complete responsibility for what you publish on your domain space, and you must adhere to certain college policies.

Next steps: Your dashboard or "CPanel"

One your domain is set up, you will see your your Domain of One's Dashboard or "CPanel," which provides a centralized interface for managing your domain and any applications or files you install there.  

Image of the cpanel

  • One of the easiest ways to build a website in Domain of One's Own is to install an application. Commonly used applications include:
    • WordPress for blogs and basic websites.
    • Omeka for digital collections and exhibitions
    • Grav to create minimal computing web sites using Markdown 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. 
  • To access your Dashboard in the future, go to, click Dashboard, and log in with your college credentials. 


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