Get an address (url)

What you need to know about urls

  • The network service manages all the addresses of the domain, following
    institution-level regulations.
  • All websites of EPFL units and projects are included in the field (exceptions: inter-institutional projects, nccr projects).
  • An address of domain can not point to a site hosted outside EPFL. To obtain a waiver, write to [email protected] .
  • The request must be made by an EPFL employee. Students can not request web addresses.
  • The address request must correspond to a clear identity need and to a large pool of readers.
  • The address request is subject to validation, usually by the head of the institute or lab.


Using a correct address is essential: the chosen name is going to have a high impact on search engine results.

  • All EPFL websites are composed of exactly three parts: http://<word> Any other writing (e.g. http://www.<word> are not accepted and will never work (even if you have printed 1,000 overpriced leaflets with the error on them).
  • Proper names are not accepted either (e.g. The service is available for all people related to EPFL with an address of the form
  • The address must not be a common word, in English or French, linked to research or education. If the requested URL relates to something that may concern several EPFL units, they must reach an agreement as to the content of the webpage.
  • The URL must be between 2 and 24 characters, and be composed of lower-case letters, digits and the “-” (dash) character.

After you have chosen your address, you must determine which hosting solution fits best your needs. Depending on your choice, different request forms are available.

People who wish to obtain or have bought a domain name outside of the domain (e.g. must read and follow the corresponding EPFL directive, and then ask the [email protected]. Websites hosted on campus but with an outside-epfl domain name cannot work without additional work from our network team.

What to put inside the request ?

1. A description of your website, including justification as to it’s correspondence to the above directives.
2. The contact person for the domain name (name, email and phone number).

What to do once the request is accepted ?

1. If it is not yet the case, you must register your domain name.

  • For domains in .ch and .li, please use
  • For other domain names, you may use the registrar of your choice.
  • The two DNS servers to use are:

2. Finally, send a request to [email protected] to activate your domain name.

Comme la plupart des êtres humains, un site est connu par UN nom, si possible simple et facile à mémoriser, et sur lequel se base le marketing du service.

Réserver toute une série d’alias (d’autres adresses alternatives) qui pointent sur le même site ne fait que créer de la confusion et n’a AUCUNE influence sur le positionnement du site dans les moteurs de recherche (ceux-ci ne se basant que sur l’adresse principale et sur le liens qui y conduisent). Les alias sont la plupart du temps inutiles.

Pour des raisons historiques (changement de nom d’un service par ex), l’EPFL offre néanmoins la possibilité d’avoir des alias sur certaines pages. Les règles d’obtention d’un alias sont les mêmes que pour une adresse principale.

Les alias ne se déclinent pas ( n’est pas possible) et pointent sur une page précise d’un site existant.