Support & FAQs

How do I get started?

MSU Domains is a service currently available for MSU Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students only. Accounts may be requested at any time, but persons requesting accounts must attend a startup workshop or consultation in order to get started. Upcoming opportunities are listed on the Calendar page.

MSU.domains is a service for individual faculty/graduate student professional websites, their public research project sites, or public teaching materials. The system is not designed for departmental, program, laboratory, or other university sites. All information/data on MSU.domains must follow the MSU Institutional Data Policy and users must adhere to the MSU Acceptable Use Policy. Please check with your College or unit for any further use policies.

If you do not have an account and you wish to set one up please contact us by sending a request to help@cal.msu.edu

Support Documentation

Getting Started

Setting Up Your MSU.domains Account
This tipsheet will guide you through setting up your msu.domains account.

How to Install WordPress
This tipsheet will help you to download the application WordPress, which allows you to create an MSU website, as well as specify details such as templates and backups for your site.

Transferring From A WordPress Website
This tipsheet will help you transfer content from your current or previous website WordPress website to your new WordPress website.

Transferring A Previous Website to WordPress

This tipsheet will help you transfer content from your current or previous website non-WordPress website to your new WordPress website.

Customizing WordPress

Customizing WordPress
This tipsheet will walk you through customizing a WordPress website’s appearance.

How to Set Up Google Analytics in WordPress
This tipsheet will help you to set up and use Google Analytics in your WordPress site.

List of Recommended Plugins
A list of recommended plugins for WordPress.

Learning the new Gutenberg Editor

This tipsheet will guide you through setting up posts and pages with the new update.

Reverting Back to Classic WordPress Editor

This tipsheet will help you download a plugin to re-install the classic WordPress editor.

Getting Started with C-Panel
This tipsheet will help you log into C-Panel, navigate to your dashboard, and introduce you to some of the apps.

Registering a Domain and Mapping to MSU.domains – NameCheap
This tipsheet will help you to register a domain name (e.g. a .com address) and then map it to your msu.domains space. We recommend using namecheap.com as the registrar for your domain, but you may choose to use another service if you’d like.

Registering a Domain and Mapping to MSU.domains – Reclaim
This tipsheet will help you to register a domain name (e.g. a .com address) and then map it to your msu.domains space.

Creating a Subdomain
This tipsheet will help you to create a Subdomain (an additional domain) in WordPress. This can be helpful when you want to create a seperate website related to the main website, such as a class or lab.

Creating an Add On Domain
This tipsheet will help you create add on domains, allowing you to host several domains from one control panel.

Managing Your Disc Space
This tipsheet will help you reduce your disk space usage through various methods.

Changing Backups on Reclaim
This tipsheet will help you to change the frequency and method of backing up your website, specifically reducing the number of backups your application automatically creates.

How to Turn Your WordPress Site into a Flat File Website
This tipsheet will help you turn a WordPress website that you are no longer updating into a flat file website rather than driven by a database, which can help improve security, increase function, and reduce file space.If you need help with a topic that is not covered on this page please email help@cal.msu.edu for assistance.

Fellowship Opportunities

Online Presence and Public Scholarship Fellows Program – Blogging Workshop

Attention: Faculty and Academic Staff
February 12, 19, 26 and March 12, 19, 26, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Tuesdays)
Digital Scholarship Lab, MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor West

For the last couple of years, the Online Presence and Public Scholarship Fellows program has aided scholars from across MSU in developing and managing their presence on the Internet. This semester, we are offering an additional seven-week program focused specifically on helping participants develop or expand a blogging practice, exploring ways that public writing can help further scholarly goals, and exploring workflows and practices for establishing a regular writing and publishing schedule.

The workshop will be held on Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m., from February 12th through March 26th (in lieu of meeting during Spring Break, participants will be encouraged to work on their own on March 5th). It will meet in the Digital Scholarship Lab on the second floor of the MSU Main Library.

Workshop sessions will alternate between topical discussions and hands on practice, with a focus on helping participants get started blogging, explore their voices as bloggers, think about what makes a blog post good, and create connections to other academic bloggers. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Burton Bargerstock, who will be joined by guest bloggers.

To apply, please fill out the form at the link above. Applicants are asked to commit to attending all six face-to-face sessions of the workshop.

Application deadline: February 8, 2019

Apply Here

Sponsored by: MSU College of Arts and Letters, University Outreach and Engagement

Online Presence and Public Scholarship Fellows Program

We invite your presence for the Online Presence and Public Scholarship Fellows program for Spring 2019. This eight-week long program is designed to help you plan (or revise) and implement a digital online presence and public scholarship routines, mindsets and workflows. The program is open to faculty (fixed term and tenure) and academic specialists. This is the 6th semester that the program has run, led by the College of Arts and Letters in collaboration with several other colleges and units on campus.

Online presence and public scholarship are ways to enhance your own research and reputation, along with that of the University. While many workshops start with the “how to”, this program is designed to help you navigate challenging and nuanced questions like: Why should you have a digital presence? Who is interested in my work and scholarship? How can this work be recognized professionally? Once we navigate these discussions we will move on to discovering which platform(s) match your goals. In addition, this experience will provide you with resources and collaborators to start your presence now and help evolve and sustain your presence into the future.

By the end of this eight week fellowship, you will have created a professional website and have the resources to continue to develop it and connect it to your professional online presence writ large.

Meetings are weekly on Wednesday from 11:45AM-1:00PM. You are expected to attend all of the sessions during the semester (although we understand that life happens sometimes). All meetings will take place in the Digital Scholarship Lab in the Main Library.

The meeting dates for Spring 2019 are as follows: Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 20, and Mar 27.

How do I apply?

Please fill out our rsvp form by Friday, January 25, 2019 if you would like to participate. We can accommodate 15 fellows. If there is more interest than space, we will make adjustments. We are anticipating another cohort in Fall 2019 if this semester does not work for you.

If you are unable to commit full time to the working group, but are interested in starting to develop your online presence, please see our calendar of activities, where you can find out about co-working sessions where you can work on your online presence alongside people who can provide help and discussion. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Facilitators

This cohort is a collaboration between the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Education, and Natural Science, along with the Hub for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Main facilitators for the program will be Kristen Mapes (Arts and Letters), Jessica Knott (Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology), and Scott Schopieray (Arts and Letters) and David Howe (Natural Resources & Arts and Letters). We will also be joined by guest facilitators and faculty from across campus. In addition to the specific goal of mentoring faculty in their online presence goals, we are experimenting with new models for faculty development and support structures and will be gathering feedback on this mode and method of training and mentoring.