Creating a site on the Commons is not difficult. You can navigate to the Create Site Page in a number of different ways. You can click the Create Site button that appears on the Site Directory Page.

You may also hover over your avatar (in the top right corner of any page) and hover over My Sites. One of the options that will appear is Create a Site.

Create a site now.


There are 5 decisions you need to make when you create a site on the create site page.

  1. Site Domain: The domain is essentially the web address of your site. You must provide part of this address, which¬† typically should correspond to the site title. The remainder of the domain will be “” Your domain name must not contain spaces and must be all lower case. As an example, if you wan to name your site “Chemical Bonds”, your domain name would logically be “chemicalbonds.” It is not required that you follow this pattern, but it is recommended (for one reason, it’s easier for people to remember). PLEASE NOTE if your domain name is already in use, you will receive a message to choose a different domain name.
  2. Site Name: This can be anything you like.
  3. Site License: All content that you create should be copyrighted appropriately so that it can shared by others under conditions determined by you the content creator.  Licensing on the Commons is provided by, a widely used web licensor. The Creative Commons provides a variety of different licenses that affect whether others can use the content, modify the content(with or without attribution) or use the content for commercial purposes. The site creation process contains a wizard to help you select the correct license for your site. The default license allows content consumers to share or redistribute your content with or without modifications as long as they attribute the content to you and that it is shared for non-commercial purposes.
  4. Site Privacy: Site privacy settings determine how visible/searchable your site will be. You can make it visible to the entire Web or confine access to a single individual as well as other options between these two extremes.
  5. Site Layout: Your site will be created with one of three initial layouts tailored to different purposes. All of these layouts provide the initial appearance and functionality of your site but can be customized at any time afterward. The Default Layout is designed to support blogging, scholarly reflections or sharing news updates. The Academic Portfolio Layout is configured to present the work of a scholar or teacher. The Teaching Template Layout is intended to be used by faculty who plan to use the site as part of a course.