Domain Naming Standards

When creating Web addresses, do not use the following file or folder names:

  • admin
  • apps
  • backup *
  • bin
  • common *
  • content
  • dam
  • data *
  • disp
  • etc
  • lib, libs
  • protected
  • secure
  • shared_content
  • system
  • uc
  • webapps
  • windows *

* Folders or filenames with these names will not be included in search results from UC's Google Search Appliance.

Using other names from the list may cause the file to be unreadable.

In addition, follow these guidelines as outlined in the Domain Naming Policy:

  • Website addresses shall be short and consistent with site-wide naming conventions.
  • Standard format for Web addresses is or
  • Names will adequately, appropriately and uniquely describe the unit/content, while keeping the address as short as possible.
  • Use all lowercase letters.
  • When necessary, use an underscore to separate words.
  • Do not use spaces or any special characters (e.g., #, %).
  • Whenever possible, do not repeat college, division or unit name when it already appears in the address. (e.g., or

Refer to the Domain Naming Policy for more information on doman names.