Getting Started

1) First, sign up for your free Domains account

  • Go to “Login” and put in your PennKey information
  • Then go to “Request Your Domain” and fill out the form

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2) If you are a student, take our custom Canvas course (this is required)

3) Faculty, staff, and students should also review and sign our Service Agreement

4) Next, explore our resources to see what is possible with the wide range of tools available through Domains hosting

5) Then, use our decision tree to help you decide which platform best suits your needs

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This application is best for.. Getting up and running with a site that can host and feature lots of content Writing a monograph-like series of pieces and pages connected through hierarchical navigation Publishing collections with standards-based metadata or creating narratives based on digital collections Creating narratives based on digital collections or sharing nonlinear narratives Publishing cultural heritage collections
Does this application support hosting a blog? Yes No No No No
What types of media can this application support? Includes:
Text
Images
Audio
Video
Includes:
Text
Images
Audio
Video

Includes:
Text
Images
Audio
Video

Maps (Neatline)

Includes:
Text
Images
Audio
Video
Maps (KML)
Includes:
Text
Images
Audio
Video
How does this application structure digital content? Content in context and conversation with each other Content in context and conversation with each other Individual items and their options for arrangement and display Content in context and conversation with each other Individual items and their options for arrangement and display
What types of projects can be built in this application? Multimedia
Book
Portfolio
Blog
Exhibit
Multimedia
Book
Exhibit
Portfolio(?)
Exhibit
Multimedia
Book
Exhibit

Exhibits and websites; empowers communities to manage, share, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways.
Does this application allow you to enter detailed information (metadata) for media items? Minimal Minimal Yes Yes Yes, including Traditional Knowledge Labels
Can outside media (embedded content) be included in this application? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Does this application have plugins that extend its functionality? Yes Yes Yes Yes No

6) Finally, start building! You will find answers to many of your questions on this site, but you can also contact Research Data and Digital Scholarship at libraryrdds@pobox.upenn.edu