Examples of Domain Names
Examples of domain names and explanation of whether they need to be registered or recorded at Cornell. University Policy 5.6, Recording and Registration of Domain Names, requires certain domain names to be registered or recorded in the Cornell Domain Name Registry.
This article applies to: DNS
- must be registered because it is a three-part domain name (see glossary) ending with "cornell.edu"
- can be created by the college or department that has registered bigstuff.cornell.edu
- does not need a separate entry in the registry because it is a four-part domain name
- does not need its own registry entry as long as dept.cornell.edu is registered
- is the standard style of name for an individual computer or host
birdsource.org or sharedresearch.info or marysmith.us etc.
Any domain name not ending with "cornell.edu"
- must be registered if its domain name service is provided by Cornell's domain name servers
- otherwise must be recorded if purchased with university funds or if running on a university-owned computer
Hierarchy of Domain Names
|.com or .edu||is a top-level domain name|
|cornell.edu||is a second-level domain name|
|bigred.cornell.edu||is a third-level or three-part domain name|
|project.bigred.cornell.edu||is a fourth-level or four-part domain name|
A top-level domain name is never used by itself. It is always combined with at least a second-level domain name.
The second-level domain name "cornell.edu" is owned and managed by Cornell University. No one outside Cornell can assign domain names in the cornell.edu hierarchy. Cornell's domain name manager can assign names within the cornell.edu hierarchy without consulting any outside authority.
All three-part domain names that end with "cornell.edu" are reviewed and approved through the university's domain name request process.
Each college, school, and administrative unit has an approved third-part domain name, such as arts.cornell.edu. The unit may make its own rules for assigning four-part domain names, such as www.arts.cornell.edu, within the unit's three-part domain.