Apply a Custom Domain to Your Site

What is a Custom Domain?

A custom domain is a URL for your site that differs from the default URL.

When you create a website on OpenScholar, it will receive a default URL, such as:

However when your website goes live, you'll likely want to use a custom domain such as:

Applying Your Custom Domain

If this is a new domain, please be sure to read Get a Harvard Domain.

Before you start this process make sure your site is ready to launch. Please send your requests in at least 3 business days in advance of your planned launch and we will work with you to schedule this custom domain.

To apply a custom domain to your OpenScholar site, please send an email request to HUIT helpdesk at, and provide answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your current OpenScholar site URL? (example:

  2. What is your custom domain URL? (example:

  3. Do you want a www redirect for this URL? (example: would redirect to

  4. Is this a new domain?

  5. What date and time would you like this domain applied to your site? (ASAP is also an option. NOTE: This is not a guarantee but we will try our best to accommodate specific requests)

*Note - Both the default url and the custom domain will point to your OpenScholar site as of May 23, 2016

Updated: 23May16

See also: Go Live