USC websites are hosted on many different servers, both inside and outside of the USC network. In order to request that a specific usc.edu website address be directed to a specific server, please follow the instructions below.
Websites must comply with all USC policies and implement USC’s web branding guidelines. USC’s web branding guidelines can be found at www.usc.edu/identity.
NOTE: You will need a valid USCNet login to access all forms listed below.
Root-Level Redirects on www.usc.edu
For official USC websites, you may request a redirect in the form www.usc.edu/sitename to any web address in the usc.edu domain — as long as that redirect is not already in use. There is no charge for this service. Note that ITS offers redirects only on www.usc.edu. Redirects on other servers must be set up by that server’s administrator.
Redirects are updated nightly (Monday – Friday).
Domain Name Service (DNS) Aliases
For official USC websites, you can request that a specific usc.edu website address in the form sitename.usc.edu be directed to any IP address or server name — as long as the new host name is not already in use. There is no charge for a DNS alias.
Virtual Hosts on www.usc.edu
If your website is hosted on www.usc.edu, ITS can set your website up as a virtual host with an address of the form sitename.usc.edu. ITS charges $50 to set up each virtual host that you request.
Please create your website on www.usc.edu before requesting a virtual host.
For technical reasons, some departments may need a subdomain set up. There is a one-time set up fee of $50 for these subdomains.
Non-USC.EDU Web Addresses
USC school and department websites should have web addresses in the usc.edu domain, e.g. sitename.usc.edu. Requests for usc.edu web addresses should be made using our online DNS alias request form.
However, USC does participate in various research projects, conferences, consortia, and other academic activities that may span multiple universities and other organizations. The websites of these projects often require web addresses outside the usc.edu domain.
Web addresses outside of the usc.edu domain must be registered by the sponsoring organization at an external domain name provider. The external domain name provider should handle the DNS service for these external domains.
NOTE: Most of of the projects creating websites outside of the USC.EDU domain use an external web hosting provider to run their website. If you plan to run a website with a non usc.edu web address on a server that is connected to the USC network, you should know that reverse DNS lookups will not work.