UFLib Domains offers a quick-start pathway for anyone working in the Libraries to publish digital scholarship, teach with technology, and experiment with new tools. While UFLib Domains is customized for our needs, the Domain of One’s Own platform from Reclaim Hosting is widely used across other universities. Possible projects include:
Anyone employed by the Libraries—staff, faculty, student workers, etc.—may use UFLib Domains. Requests are reviewed to make sure the intended purpose is in scope and to give you a chance to request any needed support. Once you are no longer affiliated with the Libraries, LTS will work with you to transfer your data and close your account.
You may also invite collaborators and students to contribute to your project or website, though you are responsible for monitoring any content they upload. In most cases you will add users through the website platform you have chosen (e.g. WordPress), not through your cPanel.
Please avoid creating sites devoted to your individual professional identity (e.g. a site primarily to post your CV) or to personal activities beyond the scope of your research, teaching, or other work at UF. If you plan to create an online textbook, we encourage you to review the PressBooks platform hosted by UF instead of using UFLib Domains. The platform should not be used for department websites or other content appropriate for the main Libraries website (uflib.ufl.edu).
By using UFLib Domains, you acknowledge that you are affiliated with the University of Florida and that you are responsible for adhering to UFIT, state, and federal policies regarding data security, intellectual property, accessibility, and privacy. You agree that you will not upload any sensitive or restricted data to any site hosted through UFLib Domains. You further acknowledge that only domains ending in “uflib.ufl.edu” may apply UF branding and logos.
As a web hosting platform, UFLib Domains offers almost limitless options for creating and sharing digital scholarship and educational materials. The platform emphasizes self-service and exploration, meaning that LTS is typically not able to create or design websites, databases, etc. unless agreed to as part of a dedicated project.
However, some support is available for the following:
If you are interested in working with LibraryPress@UF to develop and publish a digital humanities project, a digital monograph or textbook, conference proceedings, etc., our team may be able to provide additional support and services. Fill out our inquiry form.
When your domain is created, you will be automatically redirected to your dashboard, or "cPanel." There are many icons and options explained in depth here, but in most cases you will only need a few of these:
Most users will need to install an application, usually a "content management system" like WordPress, Omeka, or Scalar. This is a platform that will allow you to more easily publish content and collaborate with other users. UFLib Domains allows for very simple, point-and-click installation. You can choose "All Applications" to review your options; "My Apps" will show you a list of what you have already installed. Note that you may install multiple applications; for instance, some sites may have a WordPress blog that links to an Omeka collection.
Every UFLib Domains URL should start with "https," a more secure way to send data online. This is a one-time, quick change you can make when setting up your site:
Jetpack offers additional security and basic analytics features, with a free version that should be sufficient for most needs. You will need to create a free WordPress.com account if you don't already have one, but otherwise it is simple to install using the WPAdmin instructions.
This anti-spam plugin is automatically installed with WordPress, so you shouldn't need to do anything to make it work. But you might want to double-check that it's there since it will drastically reduce spam, especially for blog sites that allow public comments.
Sample projects include:
|Site||Type / Notes|
|ARL PD Bank||Program site with documentation and advisory group information for the digital repository|
|Caribbean Literary Heritage||Digital Scholarship site|
|Co-designing Equitable Futures||Digital Scholarship site for collaborative program|
|Coffey Residency, Book Arts Program||Program site|
|Cuba, Pearl of the Caribbean||Digital scholarship site|
|dLOC and Copyright||Digital scholarship site|
|dLOC as Data||Grant project site|
|Islam Burkina Faso||Digital scholarship site|
|Sites for book displays|
|Storied Books||SASC Blog|
|Fall Fest, 2020 (to be archived or replaced soon)||Event site|
|Valentine Remix: Public Domain||Digital scholarship and event site|
|Exhibits||Exhibits site, for many exhibits including 40 for 40|
|Migration, Mobility, Sustainability: Caribbean Studies + Digital Humanities||OER and digital scholarship site|
|Panama Canal Museum Collections Blog||Blog|
|US Caribbean and Florida Ethnic Newspaper Project Blog||Blog|