Website Creation for Faculty and Students: Georgetown Domains

On February 16th, assistant director for digital learning, Lee Skallerup Bessette, and digital learning specialist Sarah Jane Grizi showed in during a Digital Learning Webinar how and why Georgetown Domains can be used by faculty, students, and staff to create websites for pedagogical purposes.

You can find a copy of the slides here and watch the recording below. There were some additional questions asked during the webinar that we will address in this blog post.

Digital Learning Webinar: Website Creation for Faculty and Students from CNDLS on Vimeo.


Site Security

You may notice that some web addresses start “http://” while others start “https://”. The “s” in the second case stands for “secure”. While we don’t require it, we strongly encourage GU Domains users install Let’s Encrypt on their site(s) through C-Panel. We also have provided other guidelines for users to ensure that your site remains secure as possible.


Sites hosted on GU Domains does not have to adhere to the Georgetown University web accessibility policies (the one exception being if you map your site hosted on GU Domains to a web address). However, we strongly encourage you to keep accessibility are the forefront of your mind when designing your site. UIS provides helpful advice on creating an accessible website, and much of the advice offered by CNDLS about creating an accessible Canvas course can be applied to any website, regardless of platform. If you are using WordPress, there is a free plugin available that can assess the accessibility of your site, and walk you through potential ways to improve.

Terms of Use

Users of Georgetown Domains are required to abide by the Georgetown University’s Acceptable Use Policy as well as the Reclaim Hosting’s Terms of Service. This includes adhering to copyright and fair-use laws. Georgetown University and CNDLS are not liable for any violation of these rules by individuals. We also reserve the right to take down any sites or materials that are found in violation.

As always, if you are interested in learning more about how you or your students could use GU Domains, please reach out to